UPDATED On Wednesday @ 12:05 PM On Dale County StandoffRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Jan 30 2013 12:29 PM
DALE COUNTY: Multiple law enforcement agencies are still on the scene of the shooting of the school bus driver and the taking of a child hostage.
Law Enforcement just help a quick press conference stating there have neen no changes to report at this time.
The scene involves multiple law enforcement agencies, to include agents of Alabama Bureau of Investigation and agents of Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI SWAT Team has arrived on the scene. They are attempting to negotiate with the man who is reported to have shot the school bus driver and took the child hostage.
FOX News was asking was the parents of the child on the scene. The parents are being cared for in an undisclosed location. Last night State Senator Harri Anne Smith and State Representative Steve Clouse met with the parents and remained by their side for an extended period of time.
The school bus driver has been identified as Charles Poland, age 66. Reports are the gunman demanded children and Mr. Poland refused. That is when the suspect then shot Mr. Poland there times. Mr. Poland is a HERO! His actions possibly stalled long enough for the majority of the children to escape the school bus. The bus had students from small age in range through high school.
Ozark - Dale County 911 received the call somewhere around 3:30 PM to 3:40 PM on Tuesday. The initial call was there was a gunman on the bus. As emergency units were rolling to the scene it was reported the gunman had shot the bus driver and taken a child. Moments later the gunman called Ozark - Dale County 911 and reported that he was held up in a bunker underground and they would have to communicate with him through a PVC pipe in the ground.
When law enforcement arrived on the scene children were running everywhere. The actual scene is up the hill behind Destiny Church. Destiny Church faces Highway 231. However up the hill just south of the entrance to the church. You can not see the actual scene of the where the bunker is located or location of the shooting.
Law Enforcement negotiators talked with the suspect for an extended period of time last evening. It was not until about 1 AM this morning before the body was moved from the school bus. At the time the major focus that of trying to get the child released.
The situation is still contained and law enforcement are working to end the situation peacefully.
The school bus driver picture is posted in this article.