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Sat Feb 2, 2013, 04:12 PM

 

Dothan School Bus Hostage Update

http://www.wncftv.com/localnews/Dothan-Hostage-Update-189034001.html

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) - Police, SWAT teams and negotiators have surrounded a rural Alabama property where a man is believed to be holed up in an underground shelter after fatally shooting a school bus driver and fleeing with a 6-year-old child.



The standoff started Tuesday afternoon after a gunman boarded the stopped school bus in the small town of Midland City near Dothan. Authorities say the man shot the driver when he refused to let the child off the bus. The 66-year-old driver, Charles Albert Poland Jr., died of multiple gunshots.



Neighbors say the property surrounded by police belongs to Jimmy Lee Dykes. Investigators have not released the suspect's name.


Nothing much new other than the gun owner still seems to be controlling the situation.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 04:16 PM

1. Well, the presence of a kid is controlling the situation

If the kid had been able to get free and run away, the gunner would be dead meat by now.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 04:18 PM

2. I would prefer no other deaths in this situation.

 

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Response to Whovian (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 04:55 PM

3. I agree. But......

If getting that child out safely means putting his captor down like a rabid animal.
So be it.

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Response to wandy (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 05:07 PM

4. Thank you for the obligatory "Ralphie" scenario.

 

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Response to another_liberal (Reply #5)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 05:31 PM

7. I nither attempt to dehumaniz him or pity him. The kid did nothing to deserve this.....

If the people on sight can resolve this with words, so much the better.
Would only I had those words I would give them gladly.

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Response to wandy (Reply #7)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 05:37 PM

8. I misunderstood . . .

I misunderstood your meaning. I'll remove my first response.

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Response to another_liberal (Reply #8)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 05:50 PM

10. Things like this, putting words togther can be clumbsy at best....

No offense meant, no offense taken.

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Response to Whovian (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 05:25 PM

6. So would everybody on the scene, I suspect

but given the nature of the gunner, that's not likely.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #6)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 05:50 PM

9. "Paranoid and combative" said the neighbors.

(From another page on the same site: http://www.wncftv.com/localnews/Neighbors-of-Suspect-Say-He-is-Paranoid-and-Combative-189039031.html )

If he's smart enough to build himself a bunker, he's smart enough to know that the child's welfare is all that's standing between him and the authorities. But the stress on both sides isn't going to get any better the longer this goes on. I hope I'm wrong, but I fear this standoff isn't going to end well.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 06:08 PM

11. Tactically, What Can the Authorities Do to Resolve This?

If there are LEO's on here who have an idea of what they can do I'd be curious to hear from a professional.

I know they have a negotiator there. But by all reports this guy doesn't sound like he's mentally stable. I'm sure the professional negotiators are trained to deal with that. But the bottom line is his behavior is likely to be unpredictable. Do we know if he's of the type that wants to die for his rights and go out in a blaze of glory as an martyr/example to other "patriots?" That would be bad.

Is that scenario we see all the time on TV where they throw in a "flash-bang" to disorient the criminals so they can storm them and overtake them at all realistic or is it just good TV?

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