FBI: Ala. man was in 'firefight' with SWAT agents

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on February 5, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 5 at 8:03 PM

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. -- Federal officials are finally talking about the raid that ended a nearly seven-day standoff with an Alabama man who held a 5-year-old boy in an underground bunker after killing a school bus driver.

The FBI says Jimmy Lee Dykes was killed during a firefight. No agents were injured.

Bomb technicians who searched the property around the bunker found two explosive devices. One was located in the bunker. Another was found in a plastic ventilation pipe that negotiators used to communicate with the man.

FBI Special Agent Jason Pack said Dykes, a Vietnam veteran, had also "reinforced the bunker against any attempted entry by law enforcement."  Officials say the raid was launched after negotiations deteriorated and Dykes was seen with a gun. A local official says Dykes was monitored with some sort of camera.

Officers will continue to sweep the 100-acre property and, when they finish, investigators can more thoroughly investigate.

Meanwhile, the boy who was rescued appears to be doing well.

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