Alabama

8:29am

Tue February 5, 2013
U.S.

Ala. Bunker Standoff Ends With Gunman Dead, Boy Alive

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A week-long hostage standoff in Alabama is over. Last week in the southeastern part of the state, a man kidnapped a boy from a school bus and took him into an underground bunker. Authorities had been trying to negotiate his release ever since. Late today, it was announced that the kidnapper is dead and the five-year-old hostage is OK.

Here's the FBI's Steve Richardson giving a statement in Midland City.

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5:41am

Tue February 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Dramatic End To Alabama Hostage Standoff Took Careful Planning

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 7:29 pm

Law enforcement officials, including some from the FBI, near the scene of the hostage situation in Midland City, Ala., on Friday.
Philip Sears Reuters /Landov
  • From the NPR Newscast: Dan Carsen reports

(We updated the top of this post with new material at 9:50 a.m. ET.)

As more becomes known about how authorities on Monday rescued an almost-6-year-old boy named Ethan from his nearly week-long captivity in an Alabama bunker with a gunman, some fascinating details are emerging.

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3:39pm

Mon February 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Alabama Hostage Standoff Ends; Kidnapped Child Is Safe

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 5:09 am

Posters for Ethan decorate power poles all over town, like this one outside the elementary school in Midland City, Ala.
Butch Dill AP

Nearly a week after it began, the standoff in Midland City, Ala., where a 5-year-old-boy has been held captive in an underground bunker, has come to an end.

Citing a U.S. official, CBS News reports the "kidnapped child is alive [and the] kidnapper is dead."

CNN reports that an "explosion" was followed by "gun shots" shortly before the standoff came to an end.

State Rep. Steve Clouse said the boy is at a hospital seven or eight miles away from Midland City and he is "relatively healthy."

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6:14am

Fri February 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Alabama Hostage Standoff Continues

Thursday night in Midland City, Ala., there was a candlelight vigil for bus driver Charles Poland, who was killed Tuesday before a gunman snatched a 5-year-old boy — who is being held captive in an underground bunker.
Philip Sears Reuters /Landov

The standoff continues this morning in Midland City, Ala., where a 5-year-old boy has been held captive in an underground bunker since Tuesday, when a gunman abducted him from a school bus after killing the driver.

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8:27am

Thu January 31, 2013
The Two-Way

In Alabama, Hostage Standoff Continues; Child Thought To Be Unharmed

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 6:17 am

Law enforcement personnel near the scene of the standoff in Midland City, Ala., where a man is said to be holding a 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker after killing a school bus driver.
Philip Sears Reuters /Landov

The scary situation remains unchanged in southeast Alabama, where authorities say a man shot and killed a school bus driver on Tuesday and then took a 5-year-old boy to an underground bunker.

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