Officials: Boy safe, abductor dead after standoff

Posted at: 02/04/2013 5:24 PM
Updated at: 02/04/2013 6:48 PM
By: Associated Press

Officials say they stormed a bunker in Alabama to rescue a 5-year-old child being held hostage there after his abductor was seen with a gun.
Steve Richardson with the FBI's office in Mobile said at a news conference Monday afternoon that week-long negotiations deteriorated and that 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes had been seen with a gun.
At that, officers believed the child was in imminent danger. Officers entered the bunker just after 3 p.m. local time.
It was not immediately clear how Dykes died.
He had been accused of snatching the boy off a school bus and killing the driver six days ago.