Reuters and CNN reported that the hostage-taker was dead and that the five-year-old he'd been holding for almost a week was safe.
Authorities say a news conference is planned for later Monday afternoon in Midland City, Ala.
Police say 65-year-old Jim Dykes has been holding the boy hostage in an underground bunker.
Neighbours heard a boom followed by a gunshot this afternoon.
More to come.