The Austin bombing suspect blew himself up as SWAT members closed in on him on Wednesday morning.

Mark Anthony Conditt was identified as the person behind the five bombings that killed two people and wounded four others. On Wednesday, after a three-week manhunt, he blew himself up in a parking lot in Austin.

Police honed in on Conditt by using store video surveillance, cell phone signals and witness accounts that reported a strange looking customer purchasing items in a blond wig and gloves. At a news conference Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said they located Conditt’s vehicle at a hotel on Interstate 35 in Round Rock. Conditt’s vehicle began to drive away before the officers had time for armored vehicles to arrive and make an arrest.

The officers followed the vehicle which ended up driving into a ditch. When SWAT closed in on Conditt, he detonated an explosive device inside the vehicle.

Police have warned of the possibility of there being more bombs. Manley said, “We don’t know where this suspect has spent his last 24 hour, and therefore we still need to remain vigilant to ensure that no other packages or devices have been left to the community.”

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President Donald Trump tweeted his appreciation for the law enforcement involved with the Austin bombing saying they did a “great job.”

 

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