Neighbors described Dykes as a nuisance 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 firearm.
231, just north of Midland City, Ala. on Tuesday. 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 Nike Hoodie Womens Red
An official in Midland City, citing information from law enforcement, said police had shot Dykes.
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FBI bomb technicians later scoured the property for any explosive devices as they prepared to more extensive study the site, FBI spokesman Jason Pack said.
Interviewed Tuesday, the boy's great uncle, Berlin Enfinger, told ABC's Good Morning America that the child was relieved to be home after his rescue a day earlier.
After FBI agents determined that talks with an increasingly agitated Jimmy Lee Dykes were breaking down, they stormed the closet sized hideout Monday afternoon and freed the kindergartner. The 65 year old armed captor was killed by law enforcement agents, an official told The Associated Press.
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Richardson said he saw the child at the hospital and he was laughing, joking, eating and "doing the things you'd expect a normal 5 or 6 year old to do."
The rescue capped a hostage drama that disrupted the lives of many in a tranquil town of 2,400 people set amid peanut farms and cotton fields some 100 miles southeast of the state capital of Montgomery.
Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson said Dykes was armed when officers entered the bunker. He added the boy was threatened, but declined to elaborate.
The boy was reunited with his mother and taken to a hospital to be checked out. Officials have said he has Asperger's syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
When it was over, one acquaintance, Roger Arnold, commented: "He always said he'd never be taken alive. I knew he'd never come out of there."
"He's happy to be home, and he looks good," Enfinger said.
Daryle Hendry, who lives about a quarter mile from the bunker, said he heard a boom Monday afternoon, followed by what sounded like a gunshot. Dykes had been seen with a gun, and officers concluded the boy was in imminent danger, Richardson told reporters.
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MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) For six anguished days, people in this small Alabama town asked just one question about the 5 year old boy being held hostage in an underground bunker by a menacing, unpredictable neighbor: "Is he free yet?"
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Asked about local disclosures that Dykes had been killed by law enforcement officers, Pack responded in an email early Tuesday: "The facts surrounding the incident will be established by a shooting review team" from Washington in coming days.
"We have a big crime scene behind us to process," said Special Agent Steve Richardson of the FBI's office in Mobile. "I can't talk about sources, techniques or methods that we used. But I can tell you the success story is (the boy) is safe."
Neighbors said they heard a bang and gunshots, but the FBI wouldn't confirm that.
It's a small, close knit community that has long relied on a strong Christian faith, a policy of "love thy neighbor" and the power of group prayer.
"That's why we went inside to save the child," he said.
Almost a week after Dykes was accused of fatally shooting a school bus driver on Jan.
Government records and interviews with neighbors indicate that Dykes joined the Navy in Midland City and served on active duty from 1964 to 1969. His record shows several awards, including the Vietnam Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. During his service, Dykes was trained in aviation maintenance.
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