The 7-day hostage crisis in Midland City, Alabama is over, WSFA TV reports. The standoff between law enforcement and Jimmy Lee Dykes ended at around 3:40 p.m. ET Monday when police stormed the 6 ft x 8 ft underground bunker where Dykes and his hostage, 5-year-old Ethan, were hunkered down.
Neighbors who were earwitnesses tell WSFA that the FBI breached the door to Dykes' homemade bunker and tossed in a flash bomb to temporarily disorient him and his small captive.
The Associated Press reports Dykes, 65, was shot and killed by law enforcement. Ethan, who turns 6 Thursday, was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for evaluation.