MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — A gunman holed up in a bunker with a 6-year-old hostage is continuing to keep law officers at bay in rural Alabama.
It's been an all-night, all-day standoff that began when the man allegedly killed a school bus driver in the small town of Midland and dragged the boy away.
The Dale County sheriff says negotiators continue talking to the suspect and "at this time" have no reason to believe that the child has been harmed. It's unclear if the suspect has made any demands from his underground bunker, which resembles a tornado shelter.
SWAT teams are in positions around the man's property.
The gunman, identified by neighbors as Jimmy Lee Dykes, a 65-year-old retired truck driver, is known around the neighborhood as a menacing figure who once beat a dog to death with a lead pipe, threatened to shoot children for setting foot on his property and patrolled his yard at night with a flashlight and a shotgun.
He had been scheduled to appear in court this morning to answer charges he shot at his neighbors in a dispute last month over a speed bump.
251-a-03-(Sheriff Wally Olson, Dale County Sheriff's Office, at news conference)-"pray, pray"-Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson says they don't think the child-hostage has been harmed. ((note length of cut)) (30 Jan 2013)
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253-a-07-(Sheriff Wally Olson, Dale County Sheriff's Office, at news conference)-"a small child"-Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson says hostage negotiators are still trying to end the standoff involving a gunman who snatched a 6-year-old boy off a school bus Tuesday and retreated into a bunker. (30 Jan 2013)
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252-a-11-(Sheriff Wally Olson, Dale County Sheriff's Office, at news conference)-"has been harmed"-Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson says the standoff continues with a man who allegedly killed a school bus driver and kidnapped a 6-year-old passenger. (30 Jan 2013)
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