Alabama hostage standoff

Associated Press
A sign encouraging prayer for a 5-year-old boy being held hostage, hangs on a fence surrounding Midland City Elementary school Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Midland City, Ala. Authorities say Jim Lee Dykes, 65 — a decorated Vietnam-era veteran known as Jimmy to neighbors — gunned down a school bus driver and then abducted a 5-year-old boy from the bus, taking him to an underground bunker on his rural property. The driver, 66-year-old Charles Albert Poland Jr., who was shot trying to protect children on his bus, was buried Sunday. (AP Photo/, Joe Songer)

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A week-long Alabama standoff in which a retired trucker held a 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker has ended on Feb. 4, according to law enforcement sources. The gunman is dead and the child is safe in custody.

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