Reporters have continued throughout the night and into today to try and get more answers into what led the decision to end the standoff in Midland City.
CNN News was able to talk with Mike Brooks, a Law Enforcement Analyst for Headline News who provided the following information.
to a law enforcement source close to the Alabama hostage investigation,
over the last 24 hours authorities saw the psychological state
of the kidnapper, Jimmy Lee Dykes, go downward, which is what led them
to attempt entry into the bunker.
Authorities were concerned that five-year-old Ethan was in imminent danger.
to the source, the FBI Hostage Rescue Team made the tactical entry into
the bunker. (They HRT is part of the FBI's Critical Incident Response
FBI HRT had a full deployment on the scene, which included the crisis
negotiation unit, FBI SWAT operations, tactical intelligence,
and a behavioral
units gathered information, assessed the progress of negotiations
and the suspect's state of mind. The units collectively believed he was
a downward spiral, psychologically."