Texas Serial Bomber Dead; Austin Mayor Credits 'Army of Law Enforcement'


Authorities have identified the suspect in a string of bombings in Austin, Texas, as 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt.

Conditt was killed near a Round Rock-area motel he was traced to by authorities.

Police said he fled the motel in a car, drove into a ditch and 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.

Images captured on surveillance cameras appear to show Conditt dropping off packages at a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio on Sunday.

FoxNews.com reported:

The incident appears to have brought to an end a terrifying sequence that began March 2, when Anthony Steven House, 39, was killed when a package he discovered on his porch in northeast Austin exploded.

Ten days later, a second "porch bomb" exploded nearby, killing 17-year-old Draylen Mason and injuring his mother. A third bomb went off on March 12, injuring Esperanza Herrera, 75, and police quickly determined all three were connected.

As the Texas capital's residents sought answers, developments took a frightening turn March 18, when two men were injured by a bomb that was set off by a sophisticated "trip wire" made of fishing string. That bomb, along with the accelerated pattern of attacks, spurred fears authorities were hunting a highly trained maniac.

Just after midnight on March 19, a packaged destined for Austin exploded at a FedEx delivery facility in Schertz, some 65 miles south of Austin. That package had been sent from Austin, and police were able to track it to the drop-off store where they obtained surveillance video.

Also Tuesday, the FBI said a suspicious package reported at a FedEx distribution center near the Austin airport "contained an explosive device." The two packages were sent from a mail delivery office in Sunset Valley, an Austin suburb south of downtown.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler credited the "army of law enforcement" who descended on the city with helping identify and confront the suspect.


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