Alabama Hostage Standoff Ends, Young Boy Safe

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.

Officials say they stormed a bunker in Alabama to rescue a 5-year-old child being held hostage there after his abductor was seen with a gun.

Steve Richardson with the FBI's office in Mobile said at a news conference Monday afternoon that negotiations deteriorated and that 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes had been seen with a gun. At that point, officers believed the child was in imminent danger. Officers entered the bunker just after 3 p.m. CST

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.


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  • by Anonymous on Feb 5, 2013 at 02:39 AM
    I feel sorry for the mother. This would be worse than the shooting at SHES. With the that shooting, you knew if your child was safe or not with in moments. This case lasted a week and you were not sure if the child would be alive or dead in the end.
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