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Alabama hostage standoff ends with child safe, gunman dead

FBI Special Agent in Charge Steve Richardson addresses the media near Midland City, Alabama, February 4, 2013 in this image courtesy of NBC. Authorities killed a gunman holding a 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker in rural Alabama on Monday and plucked the child to safety without injury, a local law enforcement official said. REUTERS/NBC/Handout

FBI Special Agent in Charge Steve Richardson addresses the media near Midland City, Alabama, February 4, 2013 in this image courtesy of NBC. Authorities killed a gunman holding a 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker in rural Alabama on...more

FBI Special Agent in Charge Steve Richardson addresses the media near Midland City, Alabama, February 4, 2013 in this image courtesy of NBC. Authorities killed a gunman holding a 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker in rural Alabama on Monday and plucked the child to safety without injury, a local law enforcement official said. REUTERS/NBC/Handout
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Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson addresses the media near Midland City, Alabama, February 4, 2013 in this image courtesy of NBC. REUTERS/NBC/Handout

Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson addresses the media near Midland City, Alabama, February 4, 2013 in this image courtesy of NBC. REUTERS/NBC/Handout

Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson addresses the media near Midland City, Alabama, February 4, 2013 in this image courtesy of NBC. REUTERS/NBC/Handout
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Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson (L), looks on as FBI Special Agent Steve Richardson answers questions during a press conference near Midland City, Alabama, February 4, 2013. Authorities killed a gunman holding a 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker in rural Alabama on Monday and plucked the child to safety without injury, a local law enforcement official said. REUTERS/Phil Sears

Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson (L), looks on as FBI Special Agent Steve Richardson answers questions during a press conference near Midland City, Alabama, February 4, 2013. Authorities killed a gunman holding a 5-year-old boy hostage in an...more

Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson (L), looks on as FBI Special Agent Steve Richardson answers questions during a press conference near Midland City, Alabama, February 4, 2013. Authorities killed a gunman holding a 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker in rural Alabama on Monday and plucked the child to safety without injury, a local law enforcement official said. REUTERS/Phil Sears
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Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson answers questions from the media during a press conference near Midland City, Alabama, February 4, 2013. Authorities killed a gunman holding a 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker in rural Alabama on Monday and plucked the child to safety without injury, a local law enforcement official said. REUTERS/Phil Sears

Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson answers questions from the media during a press conference near Midland City, Alabama, February 4, 2013. Authorities killed a gunman holding a 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker in rural Alabama on Monday...more

Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson answers questions from the media during a press conference near Midland City, Alabama, February 4, 2013. Authorities killed a gunman holding a 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker in rural Alabama on Monday and plucked the child to safety without injury, a local law enforcement official said. REUTERS/Phil Sears
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Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson (C), answers questions from the media during a press conference near Midland City, Alabama, February 4, 2013. Authorities killed a gunman holding a 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker in rural Alabama on Monday and plucked the child to safety without injury, a local law enforcement official said. REUTERS/Phil Sears

Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson (C), answers questions from the media during a press conference near Midland City, Alabama, February 4, 2013. Authorities killed a gunman holding a 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker in rural Alabama on...more

Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson (C), answers questions from the media during a press conference near Midland City, Alabama, February 4, 2013. Authorities killed a gunman holding a 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker in rural Alabama on Monday and plucked the child to safety without injury, a local law enforcement official said. REUTERS/Phil Sears
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Law enforcement officials continue to man a command center in the evening near the scene of a shooting and hostage taking that happened five days ago near Midland City, Alabama February 3, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Sears

Law enforcement officials continue to man a command center in the evening near the scene of a shooting and hostage taking that happened five days ago near Midland City, Alabama February 3, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Sears

Law enforcement officials continue to man a command center in the evening near the scene of a shooting and hostage taking that happened five days ago near Midland City, Alabama February 3, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Sears
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Law enforcement officials continue to man a command center in the evening near the scene of a shooting and hostage taking that happened five days ago near Midland City, Alabama February 3, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Sears

Law enforcement officials continue to man a command center in the evening near the scene of a shooting and hostage taking that happened five days ago near Midland City, Alabama February 3, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Sears

Law enforcement officials continue to man a command center in the evening near the scene of a shooting and hostage taking that happened five days ago near Midland City, Alabama February 3, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Sears
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Sherry Johnson Parker and her daughter Olivia Parker hold signs along Highway 231 asking drivers to pray for Ethan, a 5-year-old boy taken hostage five days ago, after a bus driver was shot and killed near Midland City, Alabama February 3, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Sears

Sherry Johnson Parker and her daughter Olivia Parker hold signs along Highway 231 asking drivers to pray for Ethan, a 5-year-old boy taken hostage five days ago, after a bus driver was shot and killed near Midland City, Alabama February 3, 2013....more

Sherry Johnson Parker and her daughter Olivia Parker hold signs along Highway 231 asking drivers to pray for Ethan, a 5-year-old boy taken hostage five days ago, after a bus driver was shot and killed near Midland City, Alabama February 3, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Sears
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Law enforcement officials continue to man a command center set up at Destiny Church near the scene of a shooting and hostage taking that happened five days ago near Midland City, Alabama February 3, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Sears

Law enforcement officials continue to man a command center set up at Destiny Church near the scene of a shooting and hostage taking that happened five days ago near Midland City, Alabama February 3, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Sears

Law enforcement officials continue to man a command center set up at Destiny Church near the scene of a shooting and hostage taking that happened five days ago near Midland City, Alabama February 3, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Sears
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Hundreds of people attend the funeral for bus driver Charles Albert Poland Jr. at Ozark Civic Center, near Midland City, Alabama, February 3, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Sears

Hundreds of people attend the funeral for bus driver Charles Albert Poland Jr. at Ozark Civic Center, near Midland City, Alabama, February 3, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Sears

Hundreds of people attend the funeral for bus driver Charles Albert Poland Jr. at Ozark Civic Center, near Midland City, Alabama, February 3, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Sears
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A line of school buses in the procession to the gravesite after the funeral for bus driver Charles Albert Poland Jr. at Ozark Civic Center, near Midland City, Alabama, February 3, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Sears (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME OBITUARY)

A line of school buses in the procession to the gravesite after the funeral for bus driver Charles Albert Poland Jr. at Ozark Civic Center, near Midland City, Alabama, February 3, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Sears (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME OBITUARY)

A line of school buses in the procession to the gravesite after the funeral for bus driver Charles Albert Poland Jr. at Ozark Civic Center, near Midland City, Alabama, February 3, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Sears (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME OBITUARY)
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Law enforcement officials including the FBI are driven onto the scene of a shooting and hostage taking near Midland City, Alabama February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Sears (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)

Law enforcement officials including the FBI are driven onto the scene of a shooting and hostage taking near Midland City, Alabama February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Sears (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)

Law enforcement officials including the FBI are driven onto the scene of a shooting and hostage taking near Midland City, Alabama February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Sears (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
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A black wreath in honor of murdered school bus driver Charles Poland is attached to a fence at the entrance to the Dale County Bus Barn on Highway 27 outside Ozark, Alabama, near Midland City, February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Philip Sears

A black wreath in honor of murdered school bus driver Charles Poland is attached to a fence at the entrance to the Dale County Bus Barn on Highway 27 outside Ozark, Alabama, near Midland City, February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Philip Sears

A black wreath in honor of murdered school bus driver Charles Poland is attached to a fence at the entrance to the Dale County Bus Barn on Highway 27 outside Ozark, Alabama, near Midland City, February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Philip Sears
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Over a hundred people gathered at City Hall for a candlelight vigil in Midland City, Alabama, January 31, 2013. The vigil honored the memory of bus driver Charles Poland, and showed support for the release of a five-year-old boy held hostage in a bunker by Poland's alleged killer. REUTERS/Phil Sears

Over a hundred people gathered at City Hall for a candlelight vigil in Midland City, Alabama, January 31, 2013. The vigil honored the memory of bus driver Charles Poland, and showed support for the release of a five-year-old boy held hostage in a...more

Over a hundred people gathered at City Hall for a candlelight vigil in Midland City, Alabama, January 31, 2013. The vigil honored the memory of bus driver Charles Poland, and showed support for the release of a five-year-old boy held hostage in a bunker by Poland's alleged killer. REUTERS/Phil Sears
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An undated handout photo of school bus driver Charles Albert Poland Jr., provided by Dale County Board of Education in Ozark, Alabama January 30, 2013. Poland was fatally shot after a gunman boarded a bus ferrying more than 20 children home from school Tuesday, taking a 6-year old kindergarten student, fleeing the scene and is holed up in an underground bunker. REUTERS/Dale County Board of Eductation/Handout

An undated handout photo of school bus driver Charles Albert Poland Jr., provided by Dale County Board of Education in Ozark, Alabama January 30, 2013. Poland was fatally shot after a gunman boarded a bus ferrying more than 20 children home from...more

An undated handout photo of school bus driver Charles Albert Poland Jr., provided by Dale County Board of Education in Ozark, Alabama January 30, 2013. Poland was fatally shot after a gunman boarded a bus ferrying more than 20 children home from school Tuesday, taking a 6-year old kindergarten student, fleeing the scene and is holed up in an underground bunker. REUTERS/Dale County Board of Eductation/Handout
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Law enforcement personnel walk away from the perimeter of the scene of a shooting and hostage taking in Midland City, Alabama, January 30, 2013. A gunman boarded an Alabama school bus ferrying children home from school on Tuesday and fatally shot the driver before fleeing with a young child and holing up in an underground bunker, Alabama media reported. Sheriff's officials confirmed that one person had been killed in a shooting involving a school bus in Alabama's Dale County but gave scant details other than to say that a child was present at the scene in Midland City. REUTERS/Phil Sears

Law enforcement personnel walk away from the perimeter of the scene of a shooting and hostage taking in Midland City, Alabama, January 30, 2013. A gunman boarded an Alabama school bus ferrying children home from school on Tuesday and fatally shot the...more

Law enforcement personnel walk away from the perimeter of the scene of a shooting and hostage taking in Midland City, Alabama, January 30, 2013. A gunman boarded an Alabama school bus ferrying children home from school on Tuesday and fatally shot the driver before fleeing with a young child and holing up in an underground bunker, Alabama media reported. Sheriff's officials confirmed that one person had been killed in a shooting involving a school bus in Alabama's Dale County but gave scant details other than to say that a child was present at the scene in Midland City. REUTERS/Phil Sears
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Mark Jackson and Renae Douglas take part in a candlelight vigil at City Hall in Midland City, Alabama, January 31, 2013. The vigil honored the memory of bus driver Charles Poland, and showed support for the release of a five-year-old boy held hostage in a bunker by Poland's alleged murderer. REUTERS/Phil Sears

Mark Jackson and Renae Douglas take part in a candlelight vigil at City Hall in Midland City, Alabama, January 31, 2013. The vigil honored the memory of bus driver Charles Poland, and showed support for the release of a five-year-old boy held hostage...more

Mark Jackson and Renae Douglas take part in a candlelight vigil at City Hall in Midland City, Alabama, January 31, 2013. The vigil honored the memory of bus driver Charles Poland, and showed support for the release of a five-year-old boy held hostage in a bunker by Poland's alleged murderer. REUTERS/Phil Sears
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A Dale County Alabama Sheriff's deputy talks to a driver at a roadblock near the scene of a shooting and hostage taking near Midland City, Alabama February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Sears (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)

A Dale County Alabama Sheriff's deputy talks to a driver at a roadblock near the scene of a shooting and hostage taking near Midland City, Alabama February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Sears (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)

A Dale County Alabama Sheriff's deputy talks to a driver at a roadblock near the scene of a shooting and hostage taking near Midland City, Alabama February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Sears (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
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Law enforcement officials from the FBI work the scene of a shooting and hostage taking in Midland City, Alabama, January 31, 2013. A gunman suspected of fatally shooting an Alabama school bus driver before holing up in an underground bunker with a young child is a Vietnam veteran with anti-government views, authorities and an organization that tracks hate groups said. REUTERS/Phil Sears

Law enforcement officials from the FBI work the scene of a shooting and hostage taking in Midland City, Alabama, January 31, 2013. A gunman suspected of fatally shooting an Alabama school bus driver before holing up in an underground bunker with a...more

Law enforcement officials from the FBI work the scene of a shooting and hostage taking in Midland City, Alabama, January 31, 2013. A gunman suspected of fatally shooting an Alabama school bus driver before holing up in an underground bunker with a young child is a Vietnam veteran with anti-government views, authorities and an organization that tracks hate groups said. REUTERS/Phil Sears
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Jimmy Lee Dykes is shown in this undated handout photo release by the Alabama Department of Safety February 1, 2013. The man is suspected of shooting a school bus driver to death and taking a five-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker as the standoff with police continues in Midland City, Alabama. REUTERS/Alabama Department of Safety/Handout

Jimmy Lee Dykes is shown in this undated handout photo release by the Alabama Department of Safety February 1, 2013. The man is suspected of shooting a school bus driver to death and taking a five-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker as the...more

Jimmy Lee Dykes is shown in this undated handout photo release by the Alabama Department of Safety February 1, 2013. The man is suspected of shooting a school bus driver to death and taking a five-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker as the standoff with police continues in Midland City, Alabama. REUTERS/Alabama Department of Safety/Handout
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Law enforcement officials direct traffic at a roadblock at the scene of a shooting and hostage taking in Midland City, Alabama, January 31, 2013. A gunman suspected of fatally shooting an Alabama school bus driver before holing up in an underground bunker with a young child is a Vietnam veteran with anti-government views, authorities and an organization that tracks hate groups said. REUTERS/Phil Sears

Law enforcement officials direct traffic at a roadblock at the scene of a shooting and hostage taking in Midland City, Alabama, January 31, 2013. A gunman suspected of fatally shooting an Alabama school bus driver before holing up in an underground...more

Law enforcement officials direct traffic at a roadblock at the scene of a shooting and hostage taking in Midland City, Alabama, January 31, 2013. A gunman suspected of fatally shooting an Alabama school bus driver before holing up in an underground bunker with a young child is a Vietnam veteran with anti-government views, authorities and an organization that tracks hate groups said. REUTERS/Phil Sears
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Law enforcement officials work the scene of a shooting and hostage taking in Midland City, Alabama, January 31, 2013. A gunman suspected of fatally shooting an Alabama school bus driver before holing up in an underground bunker with a young child is a Vietnam veteran with anti-government views, authorities and an organization that tracks hate groups said. REUTERS/Phil Sears

Law enforcement officials work the scene of a shooting and hostage taking in Midland City, Alabama, January 31, 2013. A gunman suspected of fatally shooting an Alabama school bus driver before holing up in an underground bunker with a young child is...more

Law enforcement officials work the scene of a shooting and hostage taking in Midland City, Alabama, January 31, 2013. A gunman suspected of fatally shooting an Alabama school bus driver before holing up in an underground bunker with a young child is a Vietnam veteran with anti-government views, authorities and an organization that tracks hate groups said. REUTERS/Phil Sears
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An FBI official stands at a roadblock near Destiny Church, the scene of a shooting and hostage taking, in Midland City, Alabama, January 30, 2013. A gunman boarded an Alabama school bus ferrying children home from school on Tuesday and fatally shot the driver before fleeing with a young child and holing up in an underground bunker, Alabama media reported. Sheriff's officials confirmed that one person had been killed in a shooting involving a school bus in Alabama's Dale County but gave scant details other than to say that a child was present at the scene in Midland City. REUTERS/Phil Sears

An FBI official stands at a roadblock near Destiny Church, the scene of a shooting and hostage taking, in Midland City, Alabama, January 30, 2013. A gunman boarded an Alabama school bus ferrying children home from school on Tuesday and fatally shot...more

An FBI official stands at a roadblock near Destiny Church, the scene of a shooting and hostage taking, in Midland City, Alabama, January 30, 2013. A gunman boarded an Alabama school bus ferrying children home from school on Tuesday and fatally shot the driver before fleeing with a young child and holing up in an underground bunker, Alabama media reported. Sheriff's officials confirmed that one person had been killed in a shooting involving a school bus in Alabama's Dale County but gave scant details other than to say that a child was present at the scene in Midland City. REUTERS/Phil Sears
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