A 5-year-old boy held hostage for almost a week in an underground bunker in rural Alabama has been released and his captor is dead, officials said Monday.
Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, was dead at the scene, officials announced in a televised statement.
The boy, identified only as Ethan was in good condition and was being treated at a hospital in Dothan, Ala., Clouse said.
Last Tuesday, Dykes, a Navy veteran, stormed a school bus and shot the driver to death, then kidnapped the boy. Dykes held the child prisoner in a 6-foot-by-8-foot underground bunker on his property in Midland City, Ala, about 90 miles from Montgomery.
Killed in the attack was the driver, Charles Poland Jr., who was buried on Sunday after townspeople hailed him as a hero for protecting the more than 20 children on the bus.