Authorities: Captor Shot and Boy Freed Safely From Six-Day Hostage Ordeal in Underground Bunker

Feb 5, 2013

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.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.