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Negotiators Talking To Ala. Captor Through Pipe

January 31, 2013  | 

Screenshot via WSFA.
Screenshot via WSFA.

A standoff in rural Alabama went into a second full day as police surrounded an underground bunker where authorities said a retired truck driver was holding a 5-year-old hostage he grabbed off a school bus after shooting the driver dead.

A normally quiet dirt road was teeming with activity Thursday around the siege that began late Tuesday. More than a dozen police cars and trucks, a fire truck, a helicopter, officers from multiple agencies, media and at least one ambulance crowded the stretch where the dead-end residential road branches off a U.S. highway near Midland City, population 2,300. A staging area for law enforcement was lit by bright lights overnight.

The boy being held was watching TV and getting medication sent from home, according to state Rep. Steve Clouse, who met with authorities and visited the boy's family. Clouse said the bunker had food and electricity.

The shelter is about 4 feet underground and has about 6-by-8-feet of floor space, said Police Chief James Arrington from the adjacent town of Pinckard, whose city limits border the neighborhood. Negotiators have been talking to the man through a 4-inch-wide PVC ventilation pipe.

Read the full Associated Press story.

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Tags: Hostage Situations, Barricaded Suspects, Negotiating with Suspects, Pinckard (Ala.) PD


Comments (3)

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DJ @ 2/3/2013 5:20 AM

SEE ALL THE STUFF OUR FRIENDS ARE CARRYING TO THIS SCENE?? REALLY NOT NECESSARY, BUT IT WILL BE THE SAME STUFF CARRIED WHEN THEY COME TO GET OUR GUNS. PUT A LITTLE ODORLESS HARMLESS GAS IN THAT VENT PIPE AND EVERYONE CAN GO HOME. IT'S TIME WE GET REAL IN ALL OUR LIFE DEALINGS. GOOD LUCK.

Joey @ 2/4/2013 4:22 AM

DJ, YOUR AN IDOT. I BET YOU WOULD NOT THINK THAT WAY IF IT WAS YOUR SON, DAUGHTER, WIFE, OR SIGNIFICANT OTHER WHO WAS KIDNAPPED BY THIS FREAK. CLEARLY YOU ARE IN HIS CALIBER UNABLE TO THINK SOUNDLY AND THEREFORE SHOULD NEVER OWN A GUN. FREAK GET OFF THIS SIGHT ITS FOR COPS NOT FREAKS.

DJ @ 2/5/2013 5:59 PM

HEY JOEY
HOW OLD ARE YOU THAT YOU CAN'T UNDERSTAND SOME TONGUE IN CHEEK?? I HAVE MORE TIME CLEANING MY GUN THEN YOU DO WEARING IT, IF YOU DO WEAR ONE! YOU'RE THE TYPE I LIKE TO FIND IN THAT LOUD MOUTH CROWD! GET WHAT I MEAN STUPID. OH, NOW WE'VE COME TO NAME CALLING. OH SHUT YOUR MOUTH. KISS MY ASS. HEY JOEY (little boy name) I THOUGHT I'D HELP YOU WITH SOME COMMENTS. I REALLY DON'T CARE WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY.

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