Austin Bomber Killed in Shootout After Detonating Bomb as Police Attempted to Arrest Him

The Austin bomber has been shot dead after he detonated another device while police and FBI agents tried to arrest him along Interstate 35, it is reported

The Austin bomber has been shot dead as police FBI agents were trying to arrest him, it has been reported.

The man detonated a device before gunfire rang out along Interstate Highway 35 in the early hours of Wednesday, according to KVUE.

The FBI and police tracked the bomber to the Round Rock area using cell phone technology, security video, store receipts before ‘engaging him’ around 3am on Wednesday, the station reports.

CCTV taken at a FedEx office in south Austin shows a man believed to be the bomber dropping off two packages around 7.30pm on Sunday
One of the packages later exploded as it was being moved between conveyor belts, while another was stopped near Austin airport and later confirmed to contain a bomb

As officers pursued the suspect a device was detonated, which had been anticipated by police, before a volley of gunfire.

The shooting comes just hours after CBS published CCTV showing the bombing suspect at a Fed-Ex office in the south of the city.

The images show a man, possibly wearing a wig and gloves, delivering two packages to the store around 7.30pm on Sunday.

One of the packages subsequently exploded on a conveyor belt at a FedEx sorting facility outside of San Antonio in Schertz.

The other was intercepted at a facility near Austin airport and was later confirmed to contain a bomb.

Police say they tracked the bomber to the Round Rock area using CCTV (pictured above), store receipts and cell phone data
FBI agents and police confronted the suspect on Wednesday morning before a pursuit and a volley of gunfire which killed him

Authorities believe the same person is connected to the two packages that surfaced Tuesday is also responsible for the four other explosions that began on March 2nd, killing two people and injuring six.

Austin Police Department tweeted that they were working on an officer-involved shooting near the highway, but gave no further details.

The I-35 has been closed in both directions while images from the scene show dozens of law enforcement vehicles parked along the highway.

SOURCE: Daily Mail, Chris Pleasance