LINDEN, N.J. -- New police body camera video has been released that shows the moment Linden police officers first came across bombing suspect Ahmad Rahimi just days after he allegedly planted bombs at the Jersey Shore and in Manhattan.
Officers responded to a local bar in Linden on Sept. 19 to the report of a man sleeping in the vestibule. The video shows them approaching the man and an officer is heard asking the man his name and where he lives.
Rahimi gives his real first name, but a fake last name. He states that he is homeless.
During the questioning, Officer Angel Padilla realizes who the man really is and calls for backup.
A gun battle ensues and Rahimi is shot numerous times. He was treated and released from the hospital and is being held in state prison in Trenton.
Investigators say Rahimi is responsible for the bombing in Chelsea that injured 29 people on September 18. He's also accused of planting bombs along the sidelines of a Marine Corps charity race in Seaside Park on September 17 and near the Elizabeth train station on September 18. One was accidentally detonated as a bomb squad robot attempted to disarm it.
Rahimi's father said he had informed the FBI in 2014 that his son had become radicalized. Mohammad Rahimi said his son's personality changed after visiting Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2013.
The FBI had investigated Rahimi after he was accused of stabbing his brother in 2014. The bureau said they found nothing tying him to terrorism.
Rahimi is charged with five counts of attempted murder of a police officer.