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A gunman targeted three downtown public buildings -- the Mexican consulate, federal courthouse and police headquarters -- before police shot and killed him, according to local media reports. Police said the unidentified man, who was wearing a suspicious vest, opened fire on area buildings at around 2:30 a.m. local time, KVUE-TV reports.

The gunman was shot by a police officer in front of the police headquarters, Assistant Police Chief Raul Munguia told reporters.

The suspect had fired about 100 rounds at buildings in the downtown area and had shot out windows at the police facility, which was evacuated, KLBJ radio reports. Munguia told reporters that the suspected shooter, who was wearing "some type of vest," was shot near his vehicle, which appeared to contain an improvised explosive device.

After dragging the downed suspect across the street, officers "backed away" until the nature of his vest could be determined. The police bomb squad was on the scene. Officers were also investigating an address in North Austin where the suspect lived. They said they are checking the residence for any other potential bombs.

Source: USA Today

A Florida gunman who gunned down a sheriff’s deputy and wounded another this weekend before being killed in a wild exchange of fire with police wanted to take down as many law-enforcement officers as possible, authorities said on Sunday.
 
The gunman, Wade Holley, 53, apparently set fire to his home deliberately on Saturday morning to lure police and firefighters to his quiet residential neighborhood in the state capital of Tallahassee.  Wade died after a 12-minute gun battle. 
 
This person was anti-government, was anti-establishment and had discussed at some point in time planning to harm law enforcement,” said Lieutenant James McQuaig, a spokesman for the Leon County Sheriff’s Department. “He planned to shoot as many first responders as he could.”
 
Read more: Reuters

Accused cop killer Eric Frein has reportedly been slapped with new charges of two counts of terrorism — while a charge of attempted homicide has been dropped.  The latest first-degree felony charges are based on the 31-year-old allegedly shooting two Pennsylvania troopers on Sept. 12 "with the purpose of influencing the policy of government,” according to PAHomePage reporter, Eric Deabill.  A letter, allegedly written by Frein to his and addressed to his parents, also captured some of his claimed hatred for the government.

It was produced in a Pike County Courtroom Thursday afternoon, where Frein appeared via video conference, after it was recovered from his hard drive, according to prosecutors.  In it, the so-called survivalist allegedly wrote: "I do not have a death wish but I know the odds. I tried my best to do this thing without getting identified, but if you are reading this then I was not successful."  He adds that if he does survive his mission and "circumstances change ... then I may be able to return one day."  Frein, who surrendered to police on Oct. 30 — capping a 48-day manhunt through the Pocono Mountains — is charged with first-degree murder and various other offenses, including two counts of possession of weapons of mass destruction.

Source: NY Daily News

A 42-year-old Maryland man accused of threatening to kill President Barack Obama and first lady Michele Obama in an explicit email strewn with racist remarks was in custody on Sunday, the United States Secret Service said.
 
Christopher Perkins O'Brien, of Annapolis, was arrested on Thursday and charged with making a violent threat against the president and threatening bodily harm against the presidential family in an email sent to the White House website on Oct. 16, according to court documents.  O'Brien was also charged with using interstate communications to make the threats, the documents said. 
 
In the email, Obama is called "stupid" and a racial slur for his handling of ISIS, beheadings in the United States and of the Ebola outbreak before he is threatened with physical violence.  "I ... hope to reach out to slash Michele's throat... You?? I will make a point to behead you, then throw your head into the nearest body of water, as I drive off into Maryland," O'Brien is accused of writing, according to charging documents first reported by The Baltimore Sun. 
 
O'Brien was convicted in 2007 of manslaughter in the strangulation death of a 32-year-old female friend, the paper has reported. He served part of a 10-year sentence for the crime, which was later reduced to involuntary manslaughter.
 
Read more: Reuters
The FBI on Thursday added the name of the suspect in last week's ambush of two Pennsylvania troopers to its list of the 10 most wanted fugitives, almost a week after a manhunt began for the person who killed one officer and wounded another.
 
Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canadensis, Pennsylvania, has been identified as the prime suspect in the fatal shooting of Corporal Bryon Dickson, 38, and the wounding of Trooper Alex Douglass, 31, outside a state police barracks in Blooming Grove late last Friday.
 
Read more: Reuters