FBI: Ala. man was in 'firefight' with SWAT agents

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Associated Press

Posted on February 5, 2013 at 7:30 PM

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — Federal officials are finally talking about the raid that ended a nearly seven-day standoff with an Alabama man who held a 5-year-old boy in an underground bunker after killing a school bus driver.

The FBI says Jimmy Lee Dykes was killed during a firefight. No agents were injured.

Bomb technicians who searched the property around the bunker found two explosive devices. One was located in the bunker. Another was found in a plastic ventilation pipe that negotiators used to communicate with the man.

FBI Special Agent Jason Pack said Dykes, a Vietnam veteran, had also "reinforced the bunker against any attempted entry by law enforcement." Officials say the raid was launched after negotiations deteriorated and Dykes was seen with a gun. A local official says Dykes was monitored with some sort of camera.

Officers will continue to sweep the 100-acre property and, when they finish, investigators can more thoroughly investigate.

Meanwhile, the boy who was rescued appears to be doing well.

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APPHOTO NY123: This undated photo released by the FBI on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, shows the pipe FBI agents and Dale County negotiators used to communicate with Jimmy Lee Dykes while he held a 5-year-old boy hostage in a bunker on his Midland City, Ala. property for a week. The pipe was also used to send food, medicine, and other items into the bunker. The boy was rescued and his captor was killed when federal agents raided the bunker on Monday. (AP Photo/FBI) (5 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO NY119: In this undated photo released by the FBI on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, a tent covers the bunker where where a 5-year-old child was held for a week by Jimmy Lee Dykes in Midland City, Ala. The boy was rescued and his captor was killed when federal agents raided the bunker on Monday. (AP Photo/FBI) (5 Feb 2013)

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