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MIDLAND CITY, Ala. - After being held inside an underground bunker for almost a week, a 5 year old Alabama boy is finally safe tonight. Just 2 days before his 6th birthday, agents rescue a little boy from his captor, ending a hostage situation that had dragged on for 7 days. A dramatic conclusion to the hostage situation ended after FBI agents stormed the gunman's bunker this afternoon.
"Within the past 24 hours, negotiations deteriorated and Mr. Dykes was observed holding a gun," says FBI's Steven Richardson. "At this point, FBI agents, fearing the child was in imminent danger, entered the bunker and rescued the child. The child appears physically unharmed. The subject is deceased."
The little boy, who turns 6 years old this Wednesday, was sent to a local hospital.
"They were calm, not in a hurry, appeared to be on an angle on the stretcher and they took him into the emergency room," says witness Ricky Stokes.
It remains unclear at this point how the gunman, Jim Lee Dykes, died. Bomb technicians are working at his property for improvised explosive devises. The 65 year old allegedly shot and killed a school bus driver before kidnapping the child last Tuesday. It was the day before Dykes was scheduled to appear in court, being accused of shooting at his neighbors. Some neighbors say the Vietnam-era veteran once beat a dog to death with a lead pipe, and patrolled his yard at night with a gun. The bus driver, 66 year old Charles Albert Poland, Jr., has been hailed by many as a hero to protect about 20 other children on the bus. A Dale County Sheriff had said the suspect had a complicated story that he wanted to tell. It remains unclear if that story will every be told or if a motive will be revealed. New information about this ordeal continues to stream out. You can get updates 24/7 at Fox17.com or on our Facebook page. You can also catch any overnight updates on TENNESSEE MORNINGS starting at 5am.
Tuesday, February 5 2013, 12:02 AM CST
Man pleads guilty to Memphis officer's murder
May 21, 2013 22:22 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A former death row inmate is set to be released from prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of a Memphis police officer.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Tuesday that she has accepted Timothy McKinney's guilty plea.
McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Officer Don Williams. The officer was killed outside a comedy club in December 1997.
McKinney appealed and won a new trial, which ended with a deadlocked jury. A third trial earlier this year also ended in a hung jury.
The Commercial Appeal reports that McKinney was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Since he's already served more than 15 years -- including 11 on death row -- McKinney will be released this week.
Williams' family opposed the settlement.
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