VIDEO: Footage Shows Moment Austin Bomber Blew Up Car As SWAT Was Breaching

Suspected serial bomber Mark Conditt terrorized Austin residents for 19 days in March.

Round Rock, TX Police have released helicopter footage that showed the deadly confrontation between the Austin bomber and law enforcement officers, including the fireball explosion that resulted in the bombers death (video below).

Two people were killed, and five more were injured, during the 19-day series of bombings that terrorized the citizens of Austin.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said authorities had been tracking the suspect, 23-year-old Mark Conditt, for a couple of days before they located him at a Round Rock hotel, not far from his hometown of Pflugerville, on Mar. 21, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

Police had no contact with the suspect prior to him blowing himself up.

Authorities set up to watch the hotels parking lot while they waited for tactical teams and ballistic equipment to arrive at the scene, when the suspects vehicle suddenly started to drive away, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley during a press conference at the time.

The video, recorded by a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter, showed Conditts vehicle as it backed away from a parking lot space and drove out onto a frontage road.

As the suspected serial bomber traveled southbound, police vans got into position both in front of and behind him, the video showed.

Police quickly boxed the SUV in, then rammed it from behind with one of the vans. The collision caused Conditt to crash into the back of the second police van, preventing him from driving further.

As a swarm of officers descended on the scene, two officers rushed towards the passenger side of the suspects vehicle, the video showed.

They began banging on the vehicles door, just as the frame lit up with the flash of a huge explosion.

The officers stepped back for a fraction of a second before they advanced towards the flaming SUV yet again.

Conditt was killed in the explosion, which blew the officers back, but did not cause any serious injuries, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

The FBI and Austin police are continuing to investigate the serial bomber, and have been conducting forensic examinations of Conditts computers and cell phone.

According to FOX News, Conditt confessed to the bombings in a recording found on a cell phone discovered with his body.

"It is the outcry of a very challenged young man talking about challenges in his life that led him to this point," Chief Manley said after watching the video, according to CNN. "I know everybody is interested in a motive and understanding why. And we're never going to be able to put a [rationale] behind these acts."

Conditt had described the seven explosive devices that had detonated with a level of specificity that left no doubt as to whether he had built them, the chief said.

CNN reported that authorities had found a bombmaking lair inside the house Conditt occupied with roommates.

In one room, investigators found components for making similar bombs to the ones that exploded, said Fred Milanowski, the special agent in charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in Houston.

SAC Milanowski said that agents did not find any additional completed bombs at the residence, CNN reported.

All of the devices that Conditt described in his confession have already exploded, leaving police to believe the threat had been neutralized when the bomber took his own life.

You can watch helicopter footage of the SWAT officers encounter with the serial bomber in the video below:

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Marxest
Marxest

Good riddance. The victims were black, this serial bomber may have been a white supremacist. The world is a better place without him.

Readbetweenthelines
Readbetweenthelines

He was also a victim of his own crime. I dont know the whole story, nor will anyone, now hes dead. But one thing I do know is skin tans are not relevant here! Your comment is one of division and racism! Its comments like yours that fuel hatred. Comments that continually spew out of the mouths of the ignorant will only EVER create divide! PEACE

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

No sympathy here!! If you intentionally hurt or kill innocent people for your own sick reasons, you don't deserve to live among us!! And I don't care what your skin color is!! People like this need to be hung in public and rot, not life in cushy prison!!

KCN
KCN

Mental health issues, the breakdown of family and family values along with drugs and alcohol abuse all seem to contribute to the violence we face today.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

There are those people who even if they had gotten mental healthcare would still do the same thing. Then there are those people who are just plain evil all the way to the bone. It is over and he is dead. No appeals on this self-inflicted death penalty.