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Austin bombings Suspect dies in standoff with SWAT team




Law enforcement officials search for evidence at the location where the suspected package bomber was killed in suburban Austin on March 21, 2018 in Round Rock, Texas. Mark Anthony Conditt, the 24-year-old suspect, blew himself up inside his vehicle as police approached to take him into custody.
Law enforcement officials search for evidence at the location where the suspected package bomber was killed in suburban Austin on March 21, 2018 in Round Rock, Texas. Mark Anthony Conditt, the 24-year-old suspect, blew himself up inside his vehicle as police approached to take him into custody.
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A suspect in the Austin bombings died Wednesday after blowing up a vehicle as police closed in on him, authorities said.

Officers had tracked the suspect to a hotel and a SWAT team was pursuing him when he pulled to the side of the road in Round Rock, Texas and detonated a bomb, killing himself at about 3 a.m. local time, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said. Law enforcement officials identified the suspect as 24-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt of Pflugerville.

Austin police and federal agents had been working around the clock to track down the bombing suspect. "Exotic" batteries ordered online helped lead authorities to the bombing suspect, according to authorities. A police officer suffered minor injuries from the blast.

Guests:

Audrey McGlinchy, reporter at KUT, NPR affiliate in Austin; she was at the scene this morning covering the story; she tweets @AKMcGlinchy

Danny Defenbaugh, Texas-based security consultant who worked for the FBI for 33 years and was lead investigator on the Oklahoma City bombing case; he was an FBI-certified bomb technician and served as a Special Agent in the Explosives Unit of the Laboratory Division at FBI Headquarters; he recently commented on the Austin case



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