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Dale County, Alabama -- Jan. 30, 2013
1. SOUNDBITE: Sheriff Wally Olsen / Dale County, Alabama
Just before 4pm yesterday, we responded to a shooting on a Dale County school bus and discovered that the suspect fled the scene with a small child....multiple agencies, including the midland city police department, the dothan police department, the Alabama Dept. Of Public Safety, the Dale County Sheriff's office, arrived. At this time, the details of this situation are limited. But I can assure you, the negotiators continue to negotiate with the suspect. At this time, we have no reason to believe that the child has been harmed. While negotiators are confident of the suspect's identity, the name has not been released as this is an ongoing investigation.
2. SOUNDBITE: Sheriff Wally Olsen / Dale County, Alabama
At this time, I'm going to have to get back...we'll give you another update if something breaks loose. Otherwise, it's going to be around 10 o'clock tonight. I can't take any questions because we've got so much going on. Thank you and appreciate your cooperation."
A gunman holed up in a bunker with a 6-year-old hostage kept law officers at bay Wednesday in an all-night, all-day standoff that began when he killed a school bus driver and dragged the boy away, authorities said.
SWAT teams took up positions around the gunman's rural property and police negotiators tried to win the kindergartener's safe release.
The gunman, identified by neighbors as Jimmy Lee Dykes, a 65-year-old retired truck driver, was 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 Wednesday morning to answer charges he shot at his neighbors in a dispute last month over a speed bump.
The standoff along a red dirt road began on Tuesday afternoon, after a gunman boarded a stopped school bus filled with children in the town of Midland City, population 2,300. Sheriff Wally Olsen said the man shot the bus driver when he refused to hand over a 6-year-old child. The gunman then took the boy away.
In a press conference late Wednesday afternoon, the sheriff said investigator believe the child remains unharmed.