Authorities storm Alabama bunker, rescue boy

Alabama siege

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An artist's conception of the bunker in which Jim Lee Dykes has been holding a five-year-old boy hostage.

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Associated Press

Posted on February 4, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 5 at 4:03 AM

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — Officials say law enforcement officers have stormed an underground bunker in southeastern Alabama, freeing a 5-year-old boy and shooting his captor to death after they became convinced the child was in imminent danger.

Authorities said 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes had taken the child off a school bus after fatally shooting the driver on Jan 29. Dykes had remained holed up in the bunker with the child.

Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson said late Monday that Dykes was armed when officers entered the bunker to rescue the child.

Olson and others declined to say how Dykes died. But an official in Midland City, citing information from law enforcement, said police had shot Dykes. The official requested anonymity because the official wasn't authorized to speak publicly about the investigation.

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Associated Press writers Jay Reeves in Midland City and Lolita Baldor in Washington contributed to this report.

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