Alabama Police: Child safe, kidnapper dead
Officials say they stormed a bunker in Alabama to rescue a five-year-old child being held hostage there after his abductor was seen with a gun.
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 time, 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 and officials are declining to release details about the raid at this time.
Dykes is believed to have held the child hostage for a week.
Monday night, officials said the boy was playing, laughing and eating in the hours after he was rescued.
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.
Dykes was accused of killing a school bus driver, 66-year-old Charles Albert Poland Jr., before escaping with the kindergartner. Dykes was known by neighbors for his anti-government rants and for patrolling his property with a gun, ready to shoot trespassers.
A state lawmaker who has spent time with the child's mother has said the boy has Asperger's syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
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