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Monday, March 19, 2018

SAPD Sends Bomb Technicians, Dog to Austin After Tripwire Explosion

Posted By on Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 3:28 PM

  • Twitter / Chief Brian Manley
After a bomb detonated Sunday night, seriously injuring two people in Austin — apparently the latest in a string of bomb attacks in the Texas capital — the San Antonio Police Department is stepping up to assist Austin police.

Two bomb technicians and a bomb canine from SAPD will travel to Austin to help with the investigation of the bombings that have kept Austin on edge. Sunday night's explosion was the fourth in the city since March 2. The latest attack is most concerning since it was made with a tripwire and was placed at a trailhead.

According to Texas Public Radio, Austin police now believe they're dealing with a serial bomber.

SAPD Chief William McManus told KSAT that he spoke with Austin Police Chief Brian Manley and realized that the capital's law enforcement was stretched too thin. He also told TPR that law enforcement doesn't want to waste too much time between calls about suspicious packages and investigating packages on the scene.

"It's not that we provide more technology or expertise than anyone else up there," McManus said. "It's just that we provide additional resources."

He said the technicians and canine will assist Austin police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation as long as they're needed.

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