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Wed Jan 30, 2013, 05:20 PM

Alabama Man Shoots School Bus Driver And Retreats Into Bunker With 6-Year-Old

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) Police SWAT teams and hostage negotiators were locked in a standoff Wednesday with a gunman authorities say intercepted a school bus, killed the driver, snatched a kindergartener and retreated into a bunker at his home.

Neighbors described the gunman as a paranoid and combative man who once beat a dog to death with a lead pipe, threatened to shoot children for setting foot on his property and patrolled his yard at night with a flashlight and a shotgun.

The gunman, identified by neighbors as Jimmy Lee Dykes, a 65-year-old retired truck driver, was supposed to appear in court Wednesday to answer charges he shot at his neighbors in a dispute over a speed bump.

The standoff dragged on through the night and into the afternoon Wednesday after the gunman boarded a stopped school bus in the small town of Midland City on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. Sheriff Wally Olsen said the man shot the driver when he refused to let a 6-year-old child off the bus. The gunman then took the boy away.

The bus driver, Charles Albert Poland, Jr., 66, was hailed by School Superintendent Donny Bynum as a hero who gave his life to protect 21 students.

About 50 vehicles from federal, state and local agencies were clustered Wednesday at the end of a dirt road near Dykes' home. Authorities gave no details on the standoff, and it was not immediately clear whether they had made contact with Dykes or he had made any demands.

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"He's very paranoid," her husband said. "He goes around in his yard at night with a flashlight and shotgun."

"Everybody up the hill tried to avoid him," he said.

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Court records showed Dykes had been scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning to face a charge of menacing some neighbors as they drove by his house last month.

Claudia Davis said he yelled and fired shots at her, her son and her baby grandson over damage Dykes claimed their pickup truck did to a makeshift speed bump in the dirt road. No one was hurt.

"Before this happened I would see him at several places and he would just stare a hole through me," Davis said. "On Monday I saw him at a laundromat and he seen me when I was getting in my truck, and he just stared and stared and stared at me."



Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/alabama-man-shoots-bus-driver-2013-1

Why can't we lock these people up before others are murdered?

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Reply Alabama Man Shoots School Bus Driver And Retreats Into Bunker With 6-Year-Old (Original post)
FarCenter Jan 2013 OP
bongbong Jan 2013 #1
11 Bravo Jan 2013 #6
Daemonaquila Jan 2013 #2
FarCenter Jan 2013 #5
mokawanis Jan 2013 #3
orwell Jan 2013 #4
JI7 Jan 2013 #7
galileoreloaded Jan 2013 #12
nolabear Jan 2013 #14
kestrel91316 Jan 2013 #8
shenmue Jan 2013 #9
madinmaryland Jan 2013 #10
Sen. Walter Sobchak Jan 2013 #11
newfie11 Jan 2013 #13
JI7 Jan 2013 #15

Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 05:27 PM

1. According to Wayne LaTerrorist

 

Dykes is a law-abiding responsible gun owner and a "Good Guy".

Wait, I meant to say "Up to the microsecond before the bullet tore into Poland's body, Dykes was a law-abiding responsible gun owner and a Good Guy"

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Response to bongbong (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 06:09 PM

6. I agree with every word of this post!

Wayne LaPierre is a complete and irredeemable fucking asshole. He speaks neither for me, nor for any other gun-owner I personally know.

(Surprised?)

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 05:41 PM

2. Because that would be far worse.

Thanks, but I'll happily exchange a little more risk for basic constitutional rights. Preventative detention because someone *might* hurt others has no place in civilized society.

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Response to Daemonaquila (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 05:51 PM

5. Threatening to shoot someone is the crime of assault.

It is grounds for arrest, trial and imprisonment if true.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 05:41 PM

3. The signs were there and nothing was done

He threatened to shoot kids for being on his property and was facing charges for menacing some neighbors....and he was still allowed to possess a gun?

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Response to mokawanis (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 05:50 PM

4. Welcome to ARMerica...n/t

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 06:26 PM

7. typical gun nut piece of shit

always going on about how they need to protect themselves and everyone is out to get them. yet they are the danger in most cases.

btw, why isn't there more on that piece of shit who shot and killed the young latino man just for driving to his house by accident ?

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Response to JI7 (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 06:53 PM

12. typical boomer piece of shit you mean right?

 

now see how silly it sounds when you generalize.

Christ this place is full of woo-woo's these days.

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Response to JI7 (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 06:59 PM

14. No one is a piece of shit. He sounds ill. He shouldn't have guns.

Some people should not have access to guns just like the blind shouldn't drive.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 06:38 PM

8. Another law abiding citizen, just exercising his 2nd Amendment rights by

standing his ground against pretty much everyone in his community. And he has every right to patrol his 1/8 acre lot every night with a shotgun. Gotta watch out for them brown people from the city comin' to rape and pillage.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 06:39 PM

9. Good grief

What is wrong with people?

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 06:45 PM

10. Fuck the NRA. nt

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 06:50 PM

11. Why? Because this is 'Merica

And your right to be violent, intimidating and insane with military grade weapons will be defended by the NRA and civil libertarians alike.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 06:53 PM

13. Poor little boy and his parents must be going crazy

I sure hope this ends well for the little boy.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 07:03 PM

15. the guy was a fucking terrorist

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