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Authorities release dramatic video showing Austin bomber blowing himself up

September 18, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Authorities release dramatic video showing Austin bomber blowing himself up

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Texas authorities release tense footage showing the moment Austin bomber blows himself up

Texas law enforcement officials released dramatic footage showing the moment when officers caught up to the Austin bomber before he detonated his last explosive.

“Van’s made contact with him,” an official is heard on the video seconds before the deadly blast.

“Got an explosion inside the vehicle,” the voice added.

Suspected Austin Bomber Mark Conditt died in the explosion.

His short altercation with authorities occurred after three weeks of terror — in which the 23-year-old was accused of killing two people and severely injuring four others in a string of random attacks around the city.

According to police, Conditt employed “porch bombs” and “trip wires” — made with fishing string — to murder his victims.

An officer is seen in the video banging on Conditt’s SUV three times, before the 23-year-old detonated an explosive device, killing himself

The video that was released was recorded from a helicopter and was displayed as part of a reel for the Texas Department of Safety and its aviation services. It was shown at a Public Safety Commission meeting and was then published online.

Austin Police are preparing to release their own video “once the grand jury is done reviewing,” according to Chief Brian Manley, who commended the officers seen in the video.

“The video that was released highlights what men and women of law enforcement are willing to do,” he said to CBS Austin. “Willing not only to live a life of service, but willing to take risks and take down the man who had been terrorizing our community.”

Police have also acquired cell phone videos recorded by Conditt himself, which features a 25-minute-long admission. They still haven’t indicated a motive behind the March attacks and many think the video could provide clues.

Chief Manley referred to the video as an “outcry of a very challenged man” back when police first verified its existence, but offered very few details.

“[Conditt] does not mention terrorism, nor does he mention anything about hate,” Manley said during a news conference.

CBS posted clips of Conditt’s confession in March.

“I wish I were sorry, but I am not,” he stated, describing himself as a “psychopath.”

At one instance, Conditt claimed that he would blow himself up inside a crowded McDonald’s if police were ever to catch him. He instead did it on Austin’s I-35 feeder road.

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