Early Wednesday morning, the Austin Police Department reported that the suspect believed to be responsible for several recent bombing incidents across the Austin area was killed when he detonated a bomb in his vehicle near IH-35 in Round Rock.
As the investigation into this case continues, the City of Round Rock’s Mayor, Craig Morgan, offered the following statement:
“I would like to thank our area, state and federal law enforcement for their relentless efforts to protect us during an uncertain and scary time for our region. I’m especially proud of our first responders here in Round Rock as well as our neighboring cities for their continued vigilance and hard work so that we can feel safer in our homes – not just today but every day. Our community will always be stronger by looking out for one another and keeping a vigilant eye in our neighborhoods. We continue to keep the families who are still grieving the loss or injury of a loved one in our thoughts and prayers.”
Round Rock Police Chief Allen Banks echoed recent sentiments by local law enforcement that residents should remain aware of their surroundings in a statement:
“Thank you to the lead agencies investigating these bombings – Austin Police, ATF, and the FBI. Thank you to the Round Rock Fire Department, DPS, and the many other agencies involved. The Round Rock Police Department has and will continue to assist in any way that we can. Thank you to the public for their patience during the closure of IH-35 and for giving us a call when they see something suspicious. While the suspect is deceased, we remain vigilant as a Department regarding any devices that may still be out there and we encourage Round Rock residents to do the same. If you see anything suspicious, call 911. Finally, we pray for the victims, their families, and the resilient Central Texas community.”