Footage of the moment serial bomber Mark Conditt ended his life in an explosion has been released by police.
The aerial video shows how close officers were to the blast, after tracking SUV along an interstate highway near Austin, Texas on March 21.
“Got an explosion! Got an explosion inside the vehicle,” a DPS officer can be heard saying on the video.
Conditt was suspected of being behind a series of package bombings in the Austin area in March that had killed two people and injured five.
Aerial footage from the police helicopter guiding the pursuit on March 21, was released by the Texas Department of Public Safety on Aug. 31.
It captures the moment that police finally caught up to Conditt as two police vans moved in on his SUV, bumping it from behind, forcing it into the median between an access road and the highway.
An officer runs up to the passenger side, but as he attempts to break the window, an explosion rips through the car, with flames and debris shooting out fro the driver’s side.
The blast appears to knock the officer back.
No officers were seriously injured.
Hours before the police chase Conditt had left a haunting message for police in his “confession” audio recording where he described himself as a “psychopath.”
“I wish I were sorry but I am not,” Conditt said in the cell phone recording, reported the American-Statesman.
Austin Police Chief Brian Manley confirmed in a press conference on March 21, that they had discovered an audio recording on the suspect’s cell phone and classified it as a “confession.” However, limited details of what was in the recording were provided.
Police said Conditt did “not at all mention anything about terrorism nor anything about hate” in the recording.
“Instead, it was the outcry of a very challenged young man, talking about challenges in his personal life which led him to this point,” Manley said.