How do police diffuse hostage situation in Alabama?
Former FBI negotiator weighs in
- Duration 3:18
- Date Jan 31, 2013
Former FBI negotiator weighs in
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Unbelievable situation right now and is extending into its second full day at this hour we have a five year old little boy.
Who is being held against his will at gunpoint according to some of these reports underground.
In a bunker after he was dragged off of his school bus at gunpoint the -- said that he wanted to take a boy with him.
He then shot the bus driver and drag this little boy in front of all of his friends off of the bus and down into a bunker it's hard to imagine a more frightening situation for a child.
We are hearing that hostage negotiations.
Are going on and they have been trying to speak to this man Christopher Voss is a former FBI hostage negotiator.
A Christopher welcome good to have you here.
Thank you are as part of our you know really must delete team that specializes in exactly what's going -- On the scene right now talk to me a little bit about.
How they do this is extremely delegate we know this -- a murder he's already killed somebody.
True but he.
You know the circumstances of the homicide that took place and circumstances that they're facing right now they're not exactly the same so.
The negotiators appreciate and understand that and what they're going to be doing now is it's important for them to be of the create a safe environment.
For this gentleman to be able to tell a story they they know it's a complicated story and they know it's going to take time they they want to earn his trust.
And they want to let -- know that you know there his voice to the outside war.
And we know.
That he's you know in a bunker he has been sort of fortifying and and planning this place.
For quite some time the neighbors were aware that he was building this underground there.
You know but EE need to obviously appeal to his sense of this child -- and that this child has has nothing to do with whatever it is that's bothering him right.
Well yeah I mean.
He feels for whatever reason he feels attacked he feels very defensive about what's going on around him and everything that he's done.
It's clearly to protect himself.
The child is it's not a threat to -- And for whatever reason was it that they took this child it's part of his mechanism to try to protect itself.
So he shouldn't see this child is a threat.
He's probably the negotiators can actually help -- the stand.
How to control a situation on the inside how to take care of the child and make sure that both -- -- -- child both come -- -- safely yeah.
Would that the negotiator be it in Constant Contact.
And perhaps he would be speaking tomorrow you know couple of people.
During the course of this negotiation.
-- that they'll they'll be in contact with on this is as often -- As gentlemen can comfortably with the guys can -- can comfortably be in touch with him they're gonna wanna talk from the gonna wanna -- -- -- Going to be -- assembly.
One or maybe two people.
The -- they'll try to supporting each other through this situation.
And make sure that everything that mr.
-- has -- say it's hard.
-- and that his.
Concerns are heard and that today he we know except for the safety of this this little boy.
It is under his care right now mr.
-- we thank you very much and we and we wish everybody the best of luck in the safe outcome in this situation.
Thank you sir welcome -- border with.