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Police: Man killed by bomb had mental issues

Evanston police this late afternoon said the man killed in the bomb blast early Tuesday morning near Nichols Middle School had mental health issues.

Police say they’ve identified him as Colin P. Dalebroux, 21, who lived in an apartment building at 1000-1012 Main St., but that additional DNA analysis is pending to confirm the identification.

Commander Tom Guenther says in a news release that the investigation so far has convinced police that Dalebroux was acting alone at the time of the incident and "that there is no immediate danger to the public."

He said the Federal Bureau of Investigation is continuing a forensic analysis of Dalebroux’s computers. He said it’s not known how long it will take to complete that work, but that the police will provide an update once that information is available.

Guenther also said police officials extend their sympathy to Dalebroux father and thank him for his cooperation in giving police permission to interview his son’s mental health providers.

In a phone interview, Guenther said police aren’t speculating at this point about whether Dalebroux intended to use the two bombs in his possession to commit suicide or whether he had plans to harm other persons. He says they’re hoping the analysis of the contents of the computers will shed more light on that.

Dalebroux’s family in Madison, Wisc., issued a statement today saying they were devastated that their son "lost his 15-year battle with depression. We know that Colin committed suicide," the family’s statement added.

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