After seven days of negotiating, law enforcement saw a decline in hostage negotiations. When they observed a the suspect Jim Dykes holding a gun they assumed that the little boy was in imminent danger. The five year old boy was rescued, and unharmed.
Jim Dykes, a 65 year old former navy veteran, shot a bus driver seven days ago and took a five year old boy, only known as Ethan, hostage. He retreated into a home made bunker and has was in negotiation with law enforcement officials for seven days.
A short press conference with little immediate information, stated that the crisis was resolved at approximately 3:12 pm on Monday afternoon. The press conference stated that negotiations with the suspect had deteriorated on Tuesday and that the suspect was seen holding a weapon. Fearing that the child was in imminent danger law enforcement decided to enter the bunker. Without giving many more details, the briefer said that the boy had been successfully rescued and is being treated in a hospital. Apparently there was no physical harm to the child. The suspect, Jim Dykes is deceased. There is no indication whether he took his own life or if he was killed by law enforcement.
The 5-year-old hostage of a six-day standoff in Alabama is safe and his gun-loving, anti-government Vietnam veteran captor is dead.
The standoff between police and the boy's kidnapper, 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, ended Monday in Midland City, a rural town about 90 miles south of Montgomery.
FBI Special Agent Steve Richardson said officers decided to enter the underground bunker where Dykes had been holding the boy, identified as Ethan, on Monday afternoon.
"Negotiations deteriorated and Mr. Dykes was observed holding a gun," Rich
There is no further official information, but there are eyewitness reports according to FOX News life report, that indicate there were explosions and numerous shots, which may indicate that law enforcement killed the suspect.
More to follow as it becomes available