Police release footage of veteran blowing himself up in protest of VA treatment

The dash cam footage of a Georgia trooper saving life of a veteran who used fireworks to set himself on fire at the Georgia Capitol has been released.

Air Force veteran John Watts, 58, was reportedly protesting against the treatment he received by the VA.

A passerby reported hearing an explosion, which could be heard in the background on a WSB coverage of a Georgia State Patrol press conference on distracted driving laws.

“Sounds like a long gun,” one trooper could be heard saying before they were dismissed to respond to the incident.

Around 10:45 a.m., the veteran parked a Nissan Sentra on Washington Street, stepped out of the car and walked toward the Capitol, GSP Capt. Mark Perry said.

Watts was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

“I’m not sure what his history is there, but he is disgruntled with the VA system and is trying to draw some attention to that. He stated something to the effect that he was looking for some help,” Mark Perry, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety, told The Associated Press.

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