The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

February 8, 2013

Workers excavating site of bunker standoff


Associated Press

— MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — Authorities are digging around the site where a man held a little boy hostage after killing a school bus driver in southeast Alabama.

Aerial photos taken Friday by The Associated Press show workers have partially excavated the bunker constructed by 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes.

Concrete-block steps lead up to the shelter's hatch-type door, which is open.

The images show authorities also are digging around the opening of a steel shipping container that neighbors say Dykes used for storage on his 1.5-acre tract near Midland City.

Officials say Dykes died of multiple gunshot wounds during an exchange of gunfire with FBI hostage rescuers on Monday. The 6-year-old is safe and back with his family after the six-day ordeal.

Authorities say Dykes fatally shot bus driver Charles Albert Poland Jr.