Lawmaker: Ala. child held in bunker got medicine

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE 1:36 p.m. 1/30/2013

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) -- An Alabama legislator says a 6-year-old boy who is being held hostage has been able to receive medicine and watch TV.

State Rep. Steve Clouse said Wednesday he met with authorities and visited the family of the boy.

The boy's captor is accused of intercepting a school bus on his rural road Tuesday and fatally shooting the driver before taking the boy.

Clouse described the standoff as a "static situation" and "a waiting game."

Authorities told him that the bunker on the suspect's property has electricity, food and a TV.

Neighbors have identified the man who lives on the property as a paranoid and combative retired truck driver named Jimmy Lee Dykes.

ORIGINAL STORY
MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) -- Police with SWAT teams and negotiators are at a rural property in Alabama where a man was believed to be holed up in a bunker after fatally shooting the driver of a school bus and fleeing with a 6-year-old child passenger.

Authorities say the shooting happened on the school bus Tuesday and the standoff continued early Wednesday.

Dale County Sheriff Wally Olsen told WBMA-TV the man boarded the stopped school bus in the town of Midland City and shot the driver when he refused to let the child off the bus. The driver later died of his wounds. His identity wasn't released.

County coroner Woodrow Hilboldt told The Associated Press the suspect was believed to be in an underground shelter on his property.


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