A man who reportedly called police and said he was going to commit suicide did something shocking when officers arrived at a convenience store parking lot and tried to talk to him. It was around 2am Tuesday morning in Austin, Texas., when a dashcam in a police patrol car caught the scary incident on video — the man jumped into his car and apparently lit a flame that caused a massive explosion.
According to a report on KXAN-TV: “One of the officers said he saw the driver with a lighter in his hand and investigators believe the vehicle had fuel in it.”
The blast blew the driver out of the vehicle…but then he climbed back in.
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The two Austin PD officers involved in the frightening incident, as well as the unidentified driver of the vehicle, were injured in the blast. The officers’ injuries were minor, but the man who apparently tried to commit suicide is hospitalized in serious condition.
By clicking on the video above, you can see the dashcam footage of the early morning encounter that shows just how dangerous a police officer’s job can be.