I'm trying to figure out how in the hell his firearms weren't confiscated. ANY violent charge, especially one involving discharge of a firearm in this area (and we're Alabama's neighbor) they take all your firearms until the case is over.
I'm not all that familiar with Alabama law enforcement. However, the offense in question is apparently a misdemeanor with a possible six month jail term attached. Which sounds light to me, personally, since he was basically threatening his neighbors' lives. Maybe the state/county/city approaches this kind of thing with a point of view sympathetic to the discharger over the dischargee; I don't know.
No SRT team in the region of that state tho? Even this podunk hole in the wall has a SWAT equivalent that can be called in when you have, I don't know, a kidnapper with a ******** arsenal.
Maybe in the state. Of course, since he started this standoff, it's been up to the FBI negotiators to talk him down through an air pipe so he doesn't do something rash like slit the kid's throat.
Looks like the latest is he wants a reporter to descend into his bunker to talk.
Well, the FBI negotiators are a lot more skilled than local cops at talking to psychotic ********. It can be very easy to trip this loon over the line.
Although I would be loathe to send a reporter down in the hole.
Government records and interviews with neighbors indicate that Dykes joined the Navy in Midland City, serving on active duty from 1964 to 1969. His record shows several awards, including the Vietnam Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. During his service, Dykes was trained in aviation maintenance.
Adams said that he, too, is a Vietnam veteran but that he never was close with Dykes. Adams said he recalls last seeing Dykes in the 1980s, when he drove a truck for a company that laundered uniforms.
At some point after his time in the Navy, Dykes lived in Florida, where he worked as a surveyor and a long-haul truck driver. It's unclear how long he stayed there.
He had some scrapes with the law in Florida, including a 1995 arrest for improper exhibition of a weapon. The misdemeanor was dismissed. He also was arrested for marijuana possession in 2000.
He returned to Alabama about two years ago, moving onto the rural tract about 100 yards from his nearest neighbors, Michael Creel and his father, Greg. http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/03/16829819-slain-bus-driver-mourned-as-alabama-hostage-standoff-drags-on?lite
Apparently not real close to his family. Also, I gather he's a "Vietnam era" veteran, but he was actually stationed in Japan. (Not to say he couldn't have had traumatic wartime experiences all the same, but the experience would be different there than in Vietnam itself.)