BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The mother of an Alabama boy held hostage in an underground bunker for days said her son witnessed officers fatally shooting his kidnapper.
Jennifer Kirkland’s comments about her son, identified by authorities only by his first name Ethan, came in an interview with Dr. Phil McGraw for an episode of the “Dr. Phil Show” that is set to air Wednesday.
In a promotional clip posted online, Kirkland said her 6-year-old son saw officers shoot the gunman identified as Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, of Midland City.
“He says, ‘The Army came in and shot the bad man,’” Kirkland said.
The FBI said agents wearing combat gear entered Dykes’ bunker on the sixth day of the standoff in southeast Alabama. Dykes was shot multiple times, a coroner said.
Authorities said Dykes shot and killed Ethan’s school bus driver before grabbing the child off the bus and taking him into an underground shelter constructed on his rural property.
Ethan wasn’t physically injured, but his mother said he has had a difficult time sleeping, and she is worried about him.