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Gunman Shoots Bus Driver in Alabama, Takes Child as Hostage

George Doyle/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(MIDLAND CITY, Ala.) -- A gunman shot and killed a school bus driver in Midland City, Ala., Tuesday afternoon and escaped the scene with a 6-year-old passenger, prompting a hostage situation that is still ongoing Wednesday morning.

The suspected gunman is identified as Jimmy Lee Dykes, a 60-something military veteran, a police source told ABC News.  Dykes and the child are in an underground bunker behind his home.

Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson said Tuesday night that the police had information that the little boy "is OK right now."  The boy was delivered some needed medication, police told ABC News.

The police have not identified the child nor the dead bus driver.

"Extremely sensitive situation. ... Our agents are working very hard with the locals for the best possible outcome to this situation," a federal law enforcement source told ABC News Wednesday morning.

Some people in the area were evacuated Tuesday evening, and everyone in the immediate area was notified of the situation, according to Olson.

"Stay at home and pray," Olson told homeowners living in the area.

Olson said multiple agencies have responded to the hostage situation.  The FBI has assumed the lead in the investigation, and SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) teams were surrounding the bunker as of Tuesday night.

The incident began a little after 3:30 p.m. local time Tuesday.  An unidentified girl, who was on the bus, told ABC News Radio the bus driver had stopped to drop off some children.  The alleged gunman boarded the bus and handed the driver a note, she said.

"And then I don't know what happened after that but he started telling them he needed a kid because of the law coming after him," she said.

Dykes got on the bus and originally demanded that he get two children as hostages.  All the children on the bus managed to escape except the 6-year-old boy, a police source told ABC News affiliate WDNH.

"He shot the bus driver, and the driver's foot was on the gas and we went backwards.  And everybody started screaming.  And then the bus driver was still there and we all got off the bus and went to a neighbor's house," the girl said.

Dykes was scheduled to be in court Wednesday for a trial related to charges of menacing, according to court records obtained by WDNH.

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Hostage Prison Guard Saved by Inmates' Contraband Cell Phones

Kevin Horan/Stone(BISHOPVILLE, S.C.) -- A South Carolina prison guard was released late Thursday night following a tense five-hour standoff, after inmates using contraband cell phones tipped off authorities that the injured officer was being held hostage in a broom closet.

About 120 inmates in one dormitory of the Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum security prison in Bishopville, S.C., "overtook an officer" using homemade shanks and other weapons around 5 p.m. EDT, said department of corrections spokesman Clark Newsom.

The guard suffered lacerations on his face and was held hostage for five hours in a closet guarded by inmates, many of them convicted rapists and murderers.

Other inmates inside the prison alerted authorities to the guard's whereabouts by making phone calls from contraband mobile phones, which had previously been smuggled into the prison by throwing them over the perimeter fence, Newsom said.

The state department of corrections directed hostage negotiators and SWAT teams to the prison, where a standoff ensued for nearly five hours.

At 9:34 p.m. a special operations team stormed the prison and found the guard, freeing him within 15 minutes and suppressing the riot.

The guard, who officials have not identified, had "lacerations from homemade shanks but was in pretty good condition and did not seem to be injured seriously," said Newsom. Nevertheless, he was "taken to a local hospital by helicopter as a precaution."

The spokesman said the attack on the guard was a crime of "opportunity" and did not appear to have been planned.

Authorities did a search of the prison and confiscated contraband including cell phones. The prison remains on lockdown.

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Hostage Situation Underway in Virginia Office Building 


UPDATE: Police and swat teams arrived on the scene of a reported hostage situation earlier today.  Upon arrival, WVEC reports, authorities found no suspects inside building.

(NEWPORT, Va.) -- A hostage situation is underway inside a Newport News office building, ABC affiliate WVEC reports.

Police and SWAT team members responded to a call in the 700 block of Thimble Shoals Blvd. around 11:10 a.m.

Police spokeswoman Holly McPherson told WVEC that a man is holding another man hostage inside an office building.

"The suites around the office have been evacuated, so we believe it's just the two people in the building," she said.

The following streets have been closed: Thimble Shoals and Canon Blvd.; Thimble Shoals and Diligence; and Thimble Shoals and Fountain Way.

Hostage negotiators are at the scene.

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Bank Hostage Standoff Ends in Fiery Shootout

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(BUENA PARK, Calif.) -- A bank manager at a Southern California bank who was held hostage has been rescued safely following a fiery shootout between a robbery suspect and SWAT team officers.

Police and SWAT team officers shot the suspect after they swarmed Saehan Bank in Buena Park, Calif., at about 3 p.m., according to ABC News Los Angeles station KABC.

Authorities said the suspect continued to be uncooperative after the shooting, the station reported.

Aerial pictures show the suspect being taken out of the bank on a stretcher and placed into a paramedic vehicle.

The suspect's condition was not immediately known. It was unclear what the suspect's motive or demands were, officials said.

The suspect entered the bank at 11 a.m. and let all the employees leave except the female bank manager after an employee asked if they could leave, according to KABC.

The bank manager's condition is unknown at this time.

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Alleged Cop Killer Reportedly Says Officer 'Didn't Deserve It'

WSB-TV(ATHENS, Ga.) -- Jamie Hood, the man accused of killing a Georgia police officer, reportedly told cops that he was sorry for the shooting as he was being taken in to custody.

"I regret killing that officer," Hood reportedly told a WXIA-TV reporter after he surrendered Friday night at a home in Athens. "That officer. That innocent officer. I regret that. He didn't deserve that."

When asked why he had done it, Hood said he thought police were going to kill him.

"You know, they killed my brother," said Hood, whose brother was killed by police in 2001 while Hood was in prison on an armed robbery conviction. "They were going to kill me."

Hood, who was on the run for four days after allegedly gunning down Athens-Clarke County Senior Police Officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian and wounding his partner in a traffic stop Tuesday, took hostages at a house in Athens and told police he would only surrender if it was covered on live TV.

"He was convinced he was going to be killed by law enforcement," Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan said after the suspect surrendered.

Keenan went on TV Friday night as the standoff dragged on, promising Hood that police would not hurt him if he turned himself in and freed the hostages.

Christian and his partner, Senior Police Officer Tony Howard, pulled over the SUV Howard was riding in Tuesday to question him about a carjacking spree.

They had arrested the driver of the vehicle when Hood allegedly got out and shot Howard in the face and upper body, then came and shot Christian, who was still sitting in the police car.

Hood, 33, is being held without bond on murder and other charges.

Christian's funeral was scheduled for today. He was an 8-year veteran of the Athens police department and was married with two young children.

Howard is expected to recover from his wounds.

An initial court hearing for Hood has not yet been set, and Hood's defense attorney, Jim Smith, did not return a message seeking comment Saturday.

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Student in Wisconsin Hostage Standoff Dies

Photo Courtesy - WBAY-TV Green Bay(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- The young gunman who took more than 20 students and a teacher hostage Monday night has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Shortly after all the hostages were released unharmed, police heard three gunshots, prompting officers to "breech the door," police said.  The student then shot himself.

The gunman, identified as Samuel Hengel, a resident of Porterfield, Wisc., was transported to Bay Area Medical Center where he later died.

Authorities responded to the hostage situation Monday at Marinette High School. Police said a 15-year-old male student armed with a handgun was holding 23 students and a teacher hostage in a classroom.

Although a hostage negotiating team was assembled inside the school, direct contact was not made with the student and police were unaware of the suspect's demands or motive.

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Bank of America Hostage Crisis Over

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UPDATE: The FBI says the device was indeed composed of explosive materials.  A bomb squad was called in to defuse it, and it remains inside the bank.  No injuries were reported.

(CORAL GABLES, Fla.) -- A hostage situation at a Bank of America held under siege after an employee was reportedly kidnapped from his home and forced into the bank with explosives strapped to his body, has ended.  Local police have led away a suspect from the crime scene.  It is unclear whether the suspect was involved in the home invasion or hostage taking.  The Bank of America employee, who has not been identified, was abducted from his South Miami apartment complex, news station WFOR reported, and forced into the bank before its 9 a.m. opening with a bomb strapped to his body.  Police are still trying to determine the nature of the device.

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