Authorities: Captor shot and boy freed safely from six-day hostage ordeal in underground bunker
MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) -- Officials say law enforcement officers stormed an underground bunker in southeastern Alabama, freeing a 5-year-old boy and shooting his captor to death after they became convinced the child was in imminent danger.
Authorities said 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes had taken the child off a school bus after fatally shooting the driver on Jan 29. Dykes had remained holed up in the bunker with the child.
Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson said late Monday that Dykes was armed when officers entered the bunker to rescue the child.
Olson and others declined to say how Dykes died. But an official in Midland City, citing information from law enforcement, said police had shot Dykes. The official requested anonymity because the official wasn't authorized to speak publicly about the investigation.
The FBI announced it would conduct a review of events as many questions still remained unanswered as to how authorities ended the hostage crisis that had caught the attention of the nation.
MIDLAND CITY, Ala. -- A law enforcement official says a 5-year-old has been safely released after a week long standoff between police and the boy's abductor.
The law enforcement official briefed on the situation said Monday that Jim Dykes, the man who abducted the boy from a school bus after fatally shooting the bus driver, is dead. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the situation.
It was not immediately clear how Dykes died.
Earlier Monday, officials had said they had been sending food and medicine to Dykes and the boy in the bunker.
The boy has Asperger's syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
FBI, Alabama Department of Public Safety, and the Dale County Police Department have confirmed that the hostage situation is over. The child is safe and suspect Jimmy Lee Dykes is dead.
FBI Agents went in and rescued "Ethan" shortly after 3:10pm.
In the last 24 hours, Agents witnessed Dykes with a gun.
"Ethan" is believed to be unharmed and is in area hospital.
It is unknown at this time if Dykes killed himself or if he was killed by Agents.
The gunman in a week-long hostage standoff is dead and the 5-year-old boy he has been holding is safe.
Shortly before 3:30 p.m., two loud bangs could be heard at the scene of the hostage crisis, followed by an ambulance leaving the scene.
It is not clear what has happened or who was inside the ambulance.
The developments occurred on the seventh day of the hostage standoff involving 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, who has been holding a 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker.
MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) -- Authorities say they will be making a major announcement in the case of a 5-year-old who is being held hostage in an underground bunker in Alabama.
The news conference will be held Monday afternoon in Midland City. Police say 65-year-old Jim Dykes has been holding the boy hostage for days.
Before the news conference Monday, an ambulance that had been parked near the scene could be seen driving away. However, it was not clear if anyone was inside, and the vehicle did not have its sirens or emergency lights on.