Heavily armed men move away from the suspects home at the scene of a Dale County hostage scene in Midland City, Ala. on Wednesday Jan. 30, 2013. Authorities were locked in a standoff Wednesday with a gunman authorities say on Tuesday intercepted a school bus, killed the driver, snatched a 6-year-old boy and retreated into a bunker at his home in Alabama. (AP Photo/Montgomery Advertiser, Mickey Welsh) NO SALES
MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) -- Negotiators have been talking through a 4-inch-wide ventilation pipe, to a man holding a 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground shelter in rural Alabama.
The standoff has entered its third day, after authorities said a gunman pulled the boy off a school bus and killed the driver Tuesday.
The police chief of the adjacent town of Pinckard, James Arrington, says the two are in a bunker that's about 4 feet underground and has about 6-by-8 feet of floor space.
He says the man identified by neighbors as Jimmy Lee Dykes has been sleeping some. The chief also says the man holds strong anti-government views, and the FBI has reason to believe the shooting of the driver was a hate crime.