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January 30, 2013

Man linked to Ala. standoff was facing court

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County coroner Woodrow Hilboldt told The Associated Press the suspect was believed to be in an underground shelter on his property.

"That's what has been described to me as an underground bunker. Someplace to get out of the way of a tornado," Hilboldt said.

Court records show Dykes, 65, was arrested Dec. 22 on a charge of menacing. He was freed on bond and due in court Wednesday morning for a non-jury trial.

Neighbor Claudia Davis, 54, said Dykes yelled and fired shots at her, her 20-year-old son and the son's 5-month-old baby when they were passing in their pickup truck. She said Dykes was angry because her son's truck had earlier damaged a make-shift speed bump Dykes built on the road in front of his house. No one was injured, but that led to a police investigation and the court date, Davis said.

"Before this happened I would see him at several places and he would just stare a hole through me," Davis said. "On Monday I saw him at a laundry mat and he seen me when I was getting in my truck and he just stared and stared and stared at me."

Midland City police would not comment, and a dispatcher at the Dale City Sheriff's office told The Associated Press early Wednesday that the agency was not releasing any immediate details.

"Authorities also confirmed the presence of a child at the scene but are giving no further information at this time," Rachel David, a spokeswoman for the police department in the nearby city of Dothan, said in a news release late Tuesday.

Michael Creel, who lives on the road where the shooting happened, said he went outside after his sister heard gunshots.

"Me and her started running down the road," Creel told the Dothan Eagle (http://bit.ly/TWgc5T). "That's when I realized the bus had its siren going off. Kids were filing out, running down the hill toward the church."

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