Officials Say Alabama Hostage Situation Over

By: AP
By: AP
Law enforcement officials report the 5-year-old hostage is safe after week-long standoff and the abductor is dead.

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

Law enforcement officials report the 5-year-old hostage is safe after week-long standoff, and the abductor is dead.

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.

Steve Richardson with the FBI's office in Mobile said at a news conference that negotiations deteriorated and that 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes had been seen with a gun.

At that, 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.

The boy has Asperger's syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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.

Daryle Hendry, who lives about a quarter-mile from where Dykes was holed up, says he heard a boom followed by a gunshot this afternoon. It was not immediately known what may have caused the noise.


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