Austin bombing suspect reportedly killed

The serial bomber behind a deadly exploding package spree in Austin has reportedly been killed following nearly three weeks of terror in the Texas capitol.

News of the suspect’s death, first reported by the Austin American-Statesman, coincided with a police shooting that stopped traffic along a highway near Austin just before 3 a.m. local time Wednesday.

Dozens of FBI agents were seen swarming the site of the shooting in the Round Rock suburb, about 11 miles north of Austin.

It was not immediately clear how the shooting was related or how the suspect died. A FBI spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment.

The suspect’s death follows the fifth confirmed bomb linked to the plot responsible for killing two people. The explosive device, stashed inside a package, detonated inside a FedEx depot near San Antonio.

The package, bound for Austin, was also sent from Austin.

KEYE-TV reports the U.S. Marshals office collected surveillance footage of a man dropping off two packages at a FedEx store in south Austin. One of the packages later exploded at the Schertz facility around 1 a.m. Tuesday.

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