Midland City Hostage Situation Is Resolved

Erin Edgemon

MIDLAND CITY, Alabama — Details pieced together from authorities, neighbors and onlookers indicate an explosion occurred and shots were fired before Ethan was removed safely in a raid of the bunker in which he’d been held seven days.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation also confirmed in a press conference this afternoon that the hostage-taker is dead.

At approximately 3:12 p.m., FBI agents raided Jimmy Lee Dykes’ underground bunker and rescued Ethan, FBI Special Agent Steve Richardson, who is in charge of the Mobile FBI bureau, said.

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Alabama hostage-holder “feels like he has an important story to share,” sheriff says

MIDLAND CITY, Alabama — Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson said Monday afternoon hostage-taker Jimmy Lee Dykes “feels like he has an important story to share.”

He said Dykes’ story is complex.

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