Jimmy Lee Dykes was due in court Wednesday to face neighbors who said he shot at them during an argument about a dirt road that separated their properties.
Authorities have not released the name of the suspected gunman. But neighbors Jimmy Davis and his mother, Claudia Davis, identified him as Dykes, as have news outlets around Midland City, about 90 miles south of Montgomery.
Late Tuesday, authorities were communicating with the suspect through a PVC pipe, CNN affiliate WSFA reported.
Adding to the tension was the fact that the child needs medication that has to be taken daily, CNN affiliate WDHN reported. Investigators were able to send the child’s medication down the pipe into the bunker and also determine that the boy had not been physically harmed, WDHN reported.