Authorities in Alabama gave a brief press conference following the safe release of a five-year-old boy who had been taken hostage by 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes seven days ago.

During the conference, FBI official Steven Richardson said, "At approximately 3:12 this afternoon, FBI agents safely recovered the child who's been held hostage for nearly a week. Within the past 24 hours, negotiations deteriorated and Mr. Dykes was observed holding a gun. At this point, FBI agents, fearing the child was in imminent danger, entered the bunker and rescued the child. The child appears physically unharmed, and is being treated at a local hospital. The subject is deceased."

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