The little boy held hostage underground for six days was kept in an underground bunker that was rigged with explosives, police have learned. Read on for more shocking details.
After the heroic rescue of Ethan, who turned six years old on Feb. 6, which ended in the shooting death of captor Jimmy Lee Dykes, authorities have revealed that the underground bunker where the two were holed up was rigged with explosives — and experts feared the crazed kidnapper would detonate them at any moment.
On Feb. 4, FBI authorities made the decision to enter Jimmy’s underground shelter to rescue Ethan, who had been kidnapped and held hostage for nearly a week. The police and FBI used military-grade surveillance equipment to monitor the activity in the bunker, and executed the rescue when they believed Ethan was in danger.
The hostage team decided to act when they saw Jimmy, a Vietnam War vet, climb a ladder to get supplies with Ethan several feet away. They dropped two stun grenades into the bunker to frighten the kidnapper, and then stormed in.
Jimmy soon fired the first shot, according to CBS News, and the authorities returned fire, killing the captor and rescuing Ethan — who is now safe and with his family.
Jimmy Lee Dykes’ Bunker Rigged With Explosives
Federal authorities released a statement late on Feb. 4 that detailed the dangerous crime scene. “Two devices were located and disrupted today. One device was located in the plastic pipe the subject told negotiators to use to communicate with him,” the statement read.
“The subject reinforced the bunker against any attempted entry by law enforcement,” the FBI also stated.
We’re so glad Ethan is safe, and able to spend his birthday with his family.
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