Bus Driver Killed Stopping Gunman from Taking Kids in Ongoing Standoff

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
Neighbors of an Alabama man accused of killing a school bus driver and taking a child hostage in an ongoing standoff say he was paranoid and combative.

In this Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 photo, residents look over the school bus where a shooting occurred near Destiny Church along U.S. 231, just north of Midland City, Ala. on Tuesday. Police, SWAT teams and negotiators were at a rural property where a man was believed to be holed up in a homemade bunker Wednesday, HAN 30, 2013 after fatally shooting the driver of a school bus and fleeing with a 6-year-old child passenger, authorities said. The man boarded the stopped school bus in the town of Midland City on Tuesday afternoon and shot the driver when he refused to let the child off the bus. The bus driver died. (AP Photo/The Dothan Eagle, Danny Tindell)

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.

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MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) - Neighbors of an Alabama man accused of killing a school bus driver and taking a child hostage in an ongoing standoff say he was paranoid and combative.

The standoff went through the night after the gunman boarded a stopped school bus in the small town of Midland City on Tuesday afternoon.

Neighbors say the suspect is Jimmy Lee Dykes. Mike Smith, who lives across the street, said Wednesday that Dykes once threatened to shoot his children when the family's dogs entered his property.

The Smiths said their daughter and son were on the bus and the gunman opened fire after the driver tried to stop him from walking into the aisle to grab two children. The gunman fled with one.


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