How did FBI rescue young boy held hostage in AL?
A look at end to standoff situation
- Duration 5:16
- Date Feb 5, 2013
A look at end to standoff situation
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I can tell you -- I've been to the hospital I had visited with the -- He is doing fine.
He's laughing joking playing.
Things that you would expect to normal by the signature -- Young man to do.
He's very brave he's very lucky and this success story is that he is out safe and doing great.
But I was at the I special agent in charge Steve -- -- talking about the five year old.
Rescued in Alabama the five -- -- named Ethan it was that very complex very expensive ordeal as you know.
Age is dealing with the suspect who shot and killed a bus driver -- kidnapped that five year old and held him hostage in a bunker.
For nearly a week a week and actually agents were working around the clock to get him out safely and they succeeded.
But how -- they do it joining us now plans retired FBI special agent.
And Mary Ellen -- a retired FBI profiler hostage negotiator Ross author of the book dangerous instincts how.
Gut feelings betray us all speaking of gut feelings Mary.
This one you know really rattled a lot of -- And for many devices seem to be such a dangerous situation from the very beginning tell us about that moment.
Went as a negotiator you know.
That the only course here is to go in how do you know that tell us about that.
Well it was a very dangerous situation insensitive from the very beginning.
And as part of this case what would have happened is the anticipation and -- looking for certain behaviors as the case evolved so when they saw -- They would know this is the time this is going nowhere this is deteriorating.
They would be looking at.
-- -- behavior and they would be looking for any indication that he was posing a threat.
To himself and to -- sent.
And when those two came together.
They they knew and they plan for -- that they would have to take.
Immediate action to come get Ethan.
Out of that bunker so Jesse you have worked -- especially -- we heard from the special agent in charge there at the top of the statement.
Tell us what happens when the negotiator turn -- see -- on the scene says.
There's nothing now we're not and we can't negotiate really anymore here what do you do you.
Well the first thing that that they do is is that they have for so they're ready to do it to do that at any moment they're ready to make that tactical movement at a second's notice.
Because of the danger of the situation in the -- come -- that child so when negotiator says that's it.
We can't negotiate anymore now's the time to do it that the HRT.
Which is a highly elite team -- highly trained ready for these missions an -- Doug -- didn't go into it a sexy hostage rescue team.
That that's correct it's a team of agents that are prepared to go away and specially trained agents.
Better prepared to go anywhere in the world -- about four hours notice for these type of situations and other types of -- terroristic situations are emergencies like this.
And they're ready to go so when that when that call was made.
They're going in and they're using all their training in everything they planned for they've learned about the bunker.
They've learned that the floor plan they know where he's standing in -- where the boy is and they're going into trying to make that -- as quickly as possible.
So the man at the center of all this marry Allen is dead now and the little boy is safe.
Seemingly a good ending to it truly bizarre and terrible story.
Is -- case closed at what what happens next.
Well the investigation will continue and agents will be there are on the scene with local law enforcement going through that.
The bunker looking for information up about his motivation.
They'll also be interviewing people about his history and his background.
This will be investigated for some time.
Because we want to know what precipitated -- what led up to -- what's his background because we know unfortunately.
This kinda situation is likely to happen again.
Speaking of that Jeff we were talking a little bit in an editorial meeting yesterday talking about the story and what's gonna happen next is before the little boy it was.
You have taken out.
Alive and we were wondering you know what if there's -- the news has been particularly crazy thing we get on that over the last several weeks and if you ever find yourself in the situation.
With the hostage and a gunman.
You know what are you to do is there anything we -- take away as a lesson from this for the rest of us.
If you're ever in that situation -- certainly you're in danger and you do whatever the hostage taker.
Says -- you don't try to escalate things you don't challenge them and you would do what you were doing a workplace violence type situation to you show some empathy some understanding for the person.
And you buy yourself some time as much as possible.
Into your rescued and that's really the only thing you can do it had not trying to do anything.
That's going to escalate the situation challenging the hostage taker on May result in violence.
Of course and things are.
Very different when your fighters old and we're so glad that this little boy so much better to talk about the statement with the -- -- Well we know it had the outcome that it did he even as as bizarre and dangerous as a suspect.
Is at this time Jeff in their ailing great to have you think you so much for the time today your expertise.
You're very welcome very welcome good.