Midland City Standoff
12:21 am
Sun February 3, 2013

Town Mourns For Slain Bus Driver Amid Standoff

A vigil in Midland City Saturday afternoon for the driver, abductor and child at the center of the days-long standoff.
Credit Danny Tindell / Dothan Eagle

Hundreds of people have turned out at a service to remember an Alabama bus driver who was shot to death trying to protect the young children on his school bus.

Mourners who attended a viewing service at a funeral home Saturday night remembered 66-year-old Charles Albert Poland, Jr., as a humble hero who taught Sunday School and often lent a helping hand to others.

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Midland City Standoff
5:02 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Man Linked To Ala. Standoff Was Facing Court

Law enforcement officials outside of the area where Tuesday's school bus shooting suspect is barricaded in a bunker.
Credit Jay Hare / Dothan Eagle

The pastor of a nearby church helped comfort children who were on a rural Alabama school bus when a gunman killed the driver and took a 6-year-old boy.

Pastor Michael Senn said Wednesday, a day after the shooting, that the kids were "pretty shocked, traumatized."

He says "they saw everything that happened. They saw the man shoot the driver."

Authorities now believe the man is holed up in an underground shelter in a standoff.

Multiple neighbors have said suspect was paranoid and combative.

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