The Week-long Midland City Hostage Situation Has Ended
The week-long hostage ordeal of a 5-year-old Alabama boy is over. Officials say the man who killed a bus driver and took the boy from a school bus last Tuesday is dead. The drama played out in an underground bunker where retired truck driver Jim Dykes had held the boy.
Authorities say a decision was made to storm the bunker because the child was in imminent danger.
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, 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.
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