Jimmy Lee Dykes was killed as agents raided the underground bunker. It isn’t known if Dykes took his own life or if agents killed him. During the last twenty four hours of the situation, communication between officers and Dykes deteriorated and the man was seen holding a gun. We’re not sure how they saw him with a gun when the man and child were in an underground bunker. FBI agents feared for Ethan’s safety, so they stormed the bunker and rescued the child.
The scene, which was kept out of the view of the media, showed visible signs of change around 3 p.m. when witnesses heard a loud explosion and gunfire. An ambulance was seen slowly leaving the scene a short time later but without emergency lights or sirens activated. The ambulance traveled to nearby Flowers Hospital in Dothan where authorities later confirmed the child was transported. No known hostage demands were ever made.
Ethan, who is still in the hospital, is said to be acting like a normal six year old child. He is reportedly laughing, eating, and enjoying spending time with his family.