By KATE BRUMBACK and TAMARA LUSH - Associated Press

Officials: Boy safe, abductor dead after standoff

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — A law enforcement official says a 5-year-old has been safely released after a days-long standoff between police and the boy's abductor.

The law enforcement official briefed on the situation said Monday that Jim Dykes, the man who abducted the boy from a school bus after fatally shooting the bus driver, is dead. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the situation.

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