Alabama Hostage Standoff Ends

Police noticed that Dykes was becoming increasingly agitated

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — For six anguished days, people in this small Alabama town asked just one question about the 5-year-old boy being held hostage in an underground bunker by a menacing, unpredictable neighbor: "Is he free yet?"

After FBI agents determined that talks with an increasingly agitated Jimmy Lee Dykes were breaking down, they stormed the closet-sized shelter and freed the kindergartner. The 65-year-old armed captor was killed by law enforcement officials, an official told The Associated Press.

Authorities say the boy, who they believed to be facing imminent danger, was doing well after his ordeal. But they have yet to answer questions as to how they monitored Dykes and exactly what prompted the rescue Monday afternoon.
 

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