The FBIs highly trained special operations unit, the Hostage Rescue Team, conducted a successful rescue operation in Midland City, Alabama on February 4th, 2013.
Jimmy Lee Dykes, a 65 year old Vietnam War veteran, stormed a school bus on January 29th shooting the driver (Charles Poland, 66) dead and kidnapping a five-year-old little boy. Ethan, the kindergartner, was taken to a fortified underground bunker that Dykes spent the last year constructing on his property.
Inside sources tell me that roughly thirty men from HRTs Blue and Gold teams were forward deployed to the site of the hostage situation while FBI negotiators attempted to coax the kidnapper into releasing Ethan and surrendering. On the seventh day of the hostage crisis, FBI agents monitoring a well armed Dykes through a hidden camera saw that the man’s mental state was rapidly deteriorating and decided to give the order to conduct the assault.
At 3:12 pm on Monday afternoon, the HRT shooters breached through the 6-by-8-foot bunker’s roof, rather than the built-in hatch, and immediately killed an armed Dykes and successfully rescued the young boy. According to official FBI statements the bunker was rigged with two improvised explosive devices and the search for other IEDs around the kidnapper’s property was still ongoing as of February 6th.
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@docwatson223 I thought I saw an SF guy there in BDUs! ;)
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@Klnu @DominiqueSumner Thanks, for the corrected info. As far as the info on the enhanced maritime teams goes, it's a direct quite from a OIG report in 2006. "In September 2005, in an effort to enhance joint FBI/Coast Guard tactical efforts, the FBI created 14 enhanced maritime SWAT teams, nearly all of which are located in the FBI field office closest to one of the Coast Guard’s 13 Maritime Safety and Security Teams (MSST). The enhanced maritime SWAT teams are to receive additional maritime training and maritime equipment. The additional training will provide the 14 SWAT teams with a limited maritime capability for emergency purposes and allow those teams to work effectively with the MSSTs. The enhanced maritime training will focus primarily on water safety techniques and the unique aspects of tactical operations in the maritime arena." http://www.justice.gov/oig/reports/FBI/a0626/findings2.htm
@DominiqueSumner She didnt know what she was talking about, or that's a typo. There have always been 9 enhanced teams: LA, NY, Washington Field (DC), Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, and Houston.
@Klnu @DominiqueSumner Yes he was a member of that team, and I got the "19" number from the following 1995 quote by Janet Reno. Attorney General Janet Reno's Opening Statement Before The Crime Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee and the National Security International Affairs and Criminal Justice Subcommittee of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee August 1, 1995 "The FBI formed a critical incident response group to deal with crisis situations. This group has also been used successfully in the investigation of the Oklahoma City bombing. In addition, they have provided training to key officials in the Department of Justice and the FBI. The FBI special weapons and tactics or SWAT teams are not better able to assist the HRT in a crisis. The FBI has increased its SWAT team capabilities. There are now 19 enhanced SWAT teams strategically placed around the country; SWAT teams now cross-trained with the hostage rescue team, and the SWAT training unit is now under the direct supervision of the HRT commander." So those numbers may have changed since then.