Pictures, Video & Links: Midland City school bus shooting and hostage standoff (Daily Updates)

Graphic model of Jimmy Lee Dyke's underground bunker.

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.


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 driverDriver fatally shot aboard Alabama school bus Dothan Eagle reveals identity of bus driver killed Standoff:{} Alabama gunman holed up with kidnapped boyVideo 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 situationVideo 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.

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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

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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.

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

Story Links:Authorities release photo of Jimmy Lee DykesPolice haul away school bus in Alabama standoff Local pastor:{} Family of child hostage staying strongSlain bus driver was from IdahoLocal Birmingham negotiator talks about hostage situationsVideo Links:

Details of the hostage bunkerPastor 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 thatDykes is "taking care" of the young

A scheduled news conference was canceled Saturday nightand the standoff will continue{} into

Story Links:Sheriff says Dykes is "taking care" of boyAuthorities mum about talks with DykesCommunity mourns death of bus driverNews conference canceled; no new developmentsVideo Links:Sheriff: Dykes caring for hostageLocal 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 PolandJr. was held on Sunday{} in Ozark,

Story Links:Funeral held for slain bus driverDetails emerge about Jimmy Lee DykesVideo Links:

Boy remains in bunker; Poland laid to rest

Monday, Feb. 4


Ambulance leaves scene in Midland City aftersafe rescue of young boy Monday.

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Boy rescued safely, Dykes deceasedGov. Bentley statement regarding end to hostage crisisVideo Links:

ABC 33/40 reporter Bryant Somerville talks aboutsafe rescue of young boy Monday.

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 CityTotal 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

Photo of bunker released by the FBI on Tuesday.

Story Links:Student on bus with Gilliam talks about eventStudents return to Midland City ElementaryPsychologist's perspective on Ethan GilliamFBI releases photos of bunker