The 24-year old suspect behind a string of devastating bombings that rocked Texas this month ended his life in dramatic fashion late Tuesday; blowing himself up as a SWAT team approached his vehicle.
According to Fox News, the bomber -identified as Mark Anthony Conditt- was killed outside his motel where he reportedly orchestrated his campaign of explosions that terrorized Austin and central Texas for four weeks.
“We wanted this to come to a peaceful resolution tonight,” said Austin Police Chief Brian Manley. “However, we were not afforded that opportunity when he started to drive away.”
“Police said the man detonated two package bombs as police closed in, firing at him. It was not immediately clear whether he died from the bombs or shots fired by police. One officer was knocked back by the blasts, but none were seriously hurt,” writes Fox.
Police are warning local residents that more “package bombs” may be out there, and are urging Texans to remain vigilant.
“We don’t know where he has been in the past 24 hours,” Manley said. “If you see something that looks suspicious, see something out of place, see something that gives you concern, call 911.”