Workers Excavating Site of Bunker Standoff

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By Alabama News Network

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.

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