– The mother of a US boy snatched off a school bus and held hostage in an underground bunker says her son saw officers shoot his kidnapper dead.
Jennifer Kirkland’s comments about her son, Ethan Gilman, came in an interview with TV personality Phil McGraw for an episode of the Dr Phil Show.
In a promotional clip posted online, Ms Kirkland says her six-year-old son saw officers shoot Jimmy Lee Dykes.
Dykes, 65, shot and killed Ethan’s school bus driver, Charles Poland, on January 29th before grabbing Ethan and taking him into an underground shelter on his rural property in Alabama.
The FBI said agents wearing combat gear entered Dykes’ bunker on the sixth day of the standoff. Dykes was shot multiple times, a coroner said.
Ms Kirkland said Ethan has had a hard time sleeping and she is worried. “I’m scared of how he’s going to take getting on a bus,” she said.
Ms Kirkland said she wanted to swap places with her son during the standoff but wasn’t allowed to. It wasn’t clear in the excerpt whether she made a formal offer to Dykes – AP