Slain school bus driver named in Ala. standoff
In this Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 photo, residents look over the school bus where a shooting occurred near Destiny Church along U.S. 231, just north of Midland City, Ala. on Tuesday. Police, SWAT teams and negotiators were at a rural property where a man was believed to be holed up in a homemade bunker Wednesday, HAN 30, 2013 after fatally shooting the driver of a school bus and fleeing with a 6-year-old child passenger, authorities said. The man boarded the stopped school bus in the town of Midland City on Tuesday afternoon and shot the driver when he refused to let the child off the bus. The bus driver died. (AP Photo/The Dothan Eagle, Danny Tindell)
MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — Investigators in an Alabama standoff have named a school bus driver who was shot and killed as a gunman took a child off the bus.
Police, SWAT teams and negotiators were clustered at a rural property Wednesday where a man was believed to be holed up in an underground shelter after taking a 6-year-old student. The standoff started late Tuesday and continued Wednesday morning.
The Dale County Sheriff's Office named the victim as 66-year-old Charles Albert Poland, Jr. It said he had been a bus driver since 2009 for the Dale County Board of Education.