Alabama Hostage Standoff Over, Gunman Reported Dead
The hostage standoff in Alabama involving a five-year old boy and an unstable man is reportedly over.
Few details are emerging at this time, but early reports say that Jimmy Lee Dykes, the 65-year old veteran who boarded a school bus last week, shot the driver to death, and kidnapped a five-year old boy is dead. The boy, named only in news reports as Ethan because of his age, is reported to be safe.
Dykes took Ethan to an underground bunker at his home, where the two have been for the past week. Police and FBI said they were being cautious about revealing too much to the public, but did say Dykes seemed to want his story to be heard. Ethan’s family have been waiting with bated breath the past week, praying for his safe release and communicating with both captor and captive through a ventilation duct. They also provided special requests for the boy along with his medication; he’s reported to be living with autism and ADHD.
This is a breaking and developing story; we will keep you updated as details emerge.