UPDATE: 10:00 p.m.
An Alabama boy held for nearly a week in an underground bunker by a man who killed a bus driver is said to be playing, laughing and eating -- and doing the things a normal 5-year-old would.
That's according to an FBI official who visited the child after he was rescued by officers who stormed the bunker on Monday afternoon.
Officials are declining to release details about the raid, but say the decision to carry it out was made because negotiations with Jimmy Lee Dykes had deteriorated and that the child faced imminent danger. Dykes had been seen with a gun.
The crime scene is still being processed and officials won't say if Dykes was fatally shot by officers or took his life. They're also reluctant to explain how the raid was accomplished so that the techniques can be used in future standoffs. Neighbors say they heard a boom at about the time officials say the raid was staged.
Dykes was known by neighbors for his anti-government rants and for patrolling his property with a gun, ready to shoot trespassers.
UPDATE: 4:25 p.m.
A law enforcement official says a 5-year-old has been safely released after a weeklong standoff between police and the boy's abductor.
The law enforcement official briefed on the situation said Monday that Jim Dykes, the man who abducted the boy from a school bus after fatally shooting the bus driver, is dead. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the situation.
It was not immediately clear how Dykes died.
Earlier Monday, officials had said they had been sending food and medicine to Dykes and the boy in the bunker.
The boy has Asperger's syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Authorities say they will be making a major announcement in the case of a 5-year-old who is being held hostage in an underground bunker in Alabama.
The news conference will be held Monday afternoon in Midland City. Police say 65-year-old Jim Dykes has been holding the boy hostage for days.
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.