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Charles Albert Poland Jr. was shot and killed on Tuesday while driving a school bus in Dale County. (Dale County Board of Education) Charles Albert Poland Jr. was shot and killed on Tuesday while driving a school bus in Dale County. (Dale County Board of Education)
Jimmy Lee Dykes Jimmy Lee Dykes
Graphic model of Jimmy Lee Dyke's underground bunker. Graphic model of Jimmy Lee Dyke's underground bunker.
The funeral for slain bus driver Charles Albert Poland Jr. was held on Sunday, February 3, 2013. (abc3340.com) The funeral for slain bus driver Charles Albert Poland Jr. was held on Sunday, February 3, 2013. (abc3340.com)

3:12 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, 2013:  Law enforcement has safely rescued the little boy from an underground bunker in Midland City. The suspect, Jimmy Lee Dykes, is deceased.

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Several law enforcement agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation continue a standoff that began Tuesday afternoon with the man suspected of shooting and killing a school bus driver in Dale County, Ala. then kidnapping a young boy, taking him to an underground bunker.

Retired truck driver Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, has held a young hostage for over 96 hours now in a bunker that is reported to be 15 feet wide, 15 feet in length and 12 feet in depth.

The boy was abducted from a school bus after Dykes reportedly shot and killed 66-year-old driver Charles Albert Poland Jr. for refusing to adhere to his demands to take children from the bus.

ABC 33/40 has a crew in Midland City, and we will continue to follow this dangerous situation, providing updates as information is made available.

Below is a full recap of the shooting and the events that have followed with links to stories and video.

Tuesday, Jan. 29

Day One


A student is escorted to safety by her
parents on Tuesday after the shooting.
WDHN Video

Story Links:

First report of shooting, killing of bus driver

Driver fatally shot aboard Alabama school bus

Dothan Eagle reveals identity of bus driver killed

Standoff:  Alabama gunman holed up with kidnapped boy

Video Links

Bus driver shot and killed in Dale County

Suspect identified as Jimmy Lee Dykes

Wednesday, Jan. 30

Day Two


Charles Albert Poland Jr. 

Story Links:

Bus driver identified as Charles Albert Poland Jr.

Dykes was expected in court on menacing charges

SPLC says Dykes has "anit-American" views 

Pastor:  Children "traumatized" by bus shooting

ABC News video report on hostage situation

Video Links:

Dykes was expected in court Wednesday

Local leaders lend support to family of child hostage

Birmingham parents discuss school bus safety

Thursday, Jan. 31

Day Three


James Davis spoke to the media
about his neighbor, Dykes,
on Thursday. abc3340.com

Story Links:

Neighbor describes Dykes as a "psychopath" 

Salvation Army sets up mobile feeding unit for law enforcement

Negotiators communicating with Dykes through pipe

Gov. Bentley calls mother of kidnapped boy

Video Links:

Neighbor describes Dykes as "psychopath"

Slain bus driver hailed a hero

Sheriff speaks in Midland City

Neighbor describes Dykes' bunker

Friday, Feb. 1

Day Four


On Friday, law enforcement towed
away the Dale County school bus
that Poland was driving before
he was shot and killed on Jan. 29.
abc3340.com


Trooper Kevin Cook with the Alabama
Department of Public Safety reports
that nothing has changed in the
hostage standoff at 10 p.m. Friday.
abc3340.com

Story Links:

Authorities release photo of Jimmy Lee Dykes

Police haul away school bus in Alabama standoff

Local pastor:  Family of child hostage staying strong

Slain bus driver was from Idaho

Local Birmingham negotiator talks about hostage situations

Video Links:


Details of the hostage bunker

Pastor talks about hostage's family

Hostage Standoff: Friday night update

Gov. Bentley talks about Midland City hostage crisis

Local detective talks hostage situations

Saturday, Feb. 2

Day Five


Dale Co. Sheriff Wally Olson
said on Saturday that
Dykes is "taking care" of
the young boy.
abc3340.com


A scheduled news conference
was canceled Saturday night
and the standoff will continue 
into Sunday.
abc3340.com

Story Links:

Sheriff says Dykes is "taking care" of boy

Authorities mum about talks with Dykes

Community mourns death of bus driver

News conference canceled; no new developments

Video Links:

Sheriff: Dykes caring for hostage

Local residents hold prayer vigil for hostage, bus driver

No change in hostage standoff

Sunday, Feb. 3

Day Six

The funeral for slain bus
driver Charles Albert Poland
Jr. was held on Sunday 
in Ozark, Ala..
abc3340.com

Story Links:

Funeral held for slain bus driver

Details emerge about Jimmy Lee Dykes

Video Links:

Boy remains in bunker; Poland laid to rest

Monday, Feb. 4

BOY RESCUED SAFELY, SUSPECT DECEASED

Ambulance leaves scene
in Midland City after
safe rescue of young boy Monday.
abc3340.com

Story Links:

Boy rescued safely, Dykes deceased

Gov. Bentley statement regarding end to hostage crisis

Video Links:

ABC 33/40 reporter Bryant
Somerville talks about
safe rescue of young boy Monday.
abc3340.com

News conference from Midland City after conclusion of hostage situation

ABC 33/40 reporter Bryant Somerville reacts to conclusion of crisis

RAW Video: Ambulance leaving hostage site in Midland City

Total time of event:  5 days, 23 hours, 36 minutes

Tuesday, Feb. 5

Reactions from Midland City


Terrica Singletary was on the bus
with Gilliam last week before kidnapping.
abc3340.com


Photo of bunker released by
the FBI on Tuesday.

Story Links:

Student on bus with Gilliam talks about event

Students return to Midland City Elementary

Psychologist's perspective on Ethan Gilliam

FBI releases photos of bunker

 

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