Suspect linked to Midland City standoff was facing court

The suspect who shot and killed a school bus driver in Dale County Tuesday was expected in court Wednesday to face menacing charges. (Dothan Eagle/

Police say the suspect involved in a standoff in Midland City was scheduled to be in court Wednesday to face a charge of menacing neighbors.{}

Right now, police, SWAT teams and negotiators have surrounded a rural property where the shooting suspect is believed to be hiding in an underground shelter.{}

The unidentified suspect is accused of fatally shooting a school bus driver and fleeing with a small child believed{}to be either 5 or{}6-years-old.{} The standoff started Tuesday afternoon.{} Police say the man got on the school bus and asked for a child.{} The bus driver, Charles Albert Poland, Jr., refused to let the child off the bus.{} The suspect shot Poland several times.{} He later died from his injuries.{}

The Salvation Army has deployed a mobile feeding unit from Dothan to Dale County to provide support to first responders at the site of the hostage situation.{} By sunrise on Wednesday, volunteers had served over 250 hot meals.{} Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be prepared throughout the day on Wednesday in continued support of the hostage standoff.

UPDATE: Dale County investigators held a special-called news conference at 6:00am Thursday to thank volunteers. The child is still being held in an underground bunker with the shooting suspect.