Authorities storm Alabama bunker, rescue young boy
MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) – Authorities stormed an underground bunker Monday in southeastern Alabama, freeing a 5-year-old boy and leaving his captor dead after a week of fruitless negotiations that left authorities convinced the child was in imminent danger.
Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, had taken the child off a school bus after fatally shooting the driver, authorities said. He was known by neighbors for his anti-government rants and for patrolling his property with a gun, ready to shoot trespassers. He had stayed for several days in the tiny bunker before.
"He always said he'd never be taken alive. I knew he'd never come out of there," said an acquaintance, Roger Arnold.
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