Texas law officials on Friday released dramatic recordings recorded by a helicopter camera in March 2018, documenting in real time the moment the serial terrorist from Austin blew himself up.
The video was made public for the first time at the commissioners' meeting of the Texas Department of Public Safety
The recording, made by the night vision camera of a helicopter, begins with the suspect Mark Conditt leaving a parking spot and driving south on Interstate 35 at dawn on March 21.
This screenshot of a video recorded by a police helicopter on March 21 shows a bird's eye view of the SUV of the Austin bomber in the parking lot of a hotel
Police vans chased the wanted man, driving south on Interatate Highway 35 in Austin early in the morning
Two police vans in box of the Conditt SUV, preparing to arrest the driver
Bird's eye view of the Conditt SUV trapped between two SWAT vans on Interstate 35
As you approach a traffic light at an intersection, police vans carrying SWAT team members begin to chase you.
Moments later, two vans put Conditt to the right. An officer runs to the suspect's vehicle and knocks on the door three times, trying to get the driver to open.
Suddenly, a bright flash illuminates the interior of the car and sends the officers who are nearby flying backwards.
"I have an explosion, I have an explosion inside the vehicle," says an officer.
None of the SWAT team members were seriously injured in the blast, which killed the suspect in the 23-year bombing.
An officer is seen running towards the suspect's vehicle on the road
After the officer hit Conditt's SUV three times, the 23-year-old detonated an explosive device, killing himself
Two officers were flown back by the explosion but escaped a serious injury
The recently published video captured the violent conclusion of a desperate search for the unemployed unemployed university student who, according to police, killed two men, seriously wounded four others and kept the city of Austin in a state of terror for 19 days.
Conditt, who purchased materials to make bombs at Home Depot, was tracked using store surveillance video, cell phone signals and witness accounts of a customer who sent packages with a costume that included a blonde wig and gloves. Your motive remains a mystery.
Police say the unemployed university deserter carried out a series of bombings that killed two and wounded four in Austin
Police finally found the 23-year-old in the early hours of March 21 at a hotel in a suburb north of Austin. The officers prepared to go to arrest. When the suspect's sport utility vehicle began to move away, they followed him.
Conditt hit a ditch on the side of the road after being rammed from behind by a police van, as seen in the images of the helicopter, and detonated a bomb inside his red truck while the police approached him.
Austin was attacked with four attacks that began on March 2. The first explosions were of packages that were left in the doors. Then a bomb with a trap wire was placed near a public trail. A fifth parched bomb exploded early Tuesday at a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio.
Rep. Michael McCaul said Conditt's "fatal mistake" was to enter a FedEx store using a package to send a package because it allowed authorities to obtain surveillance video showing him and his vehicle, along with the license plate number.
From there, investigators could identify the suspect and eventually track him using his cell phone.
Anthony Stephan House (left), 39, died on March 2 after opening a package delivered to his home in Austin. Draylen Mason (right), 17, died on March 12 and her mother was seriously injured after a package exploded in the kitchen.
A photo shows the red Conditt SUV on the shoulder of I-35 after the fatal explosion
Austin American-Statesman reported in March that Conditt was described in a 25-minute videoconference as a "psychopath" that had been bothered since childhood.
The bombing killed Anthony Stephan House, 39, and Draylen Mason, 17, and wounded Mason's mother, another woman and two 20-year-old men.