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August 20, 2013

Escapee dead after holding up elderly couple in Taylor County

BEDFORD — BEDFORD — A four-day manhunt for a Centerville man who escaped from the Clarinda Correctional Facility's minimum security custody lodge is over after he was shot and killed by a private citizen whom he held up for nearly four hours Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Rodney Eugene Long, 38, of Centerville, was found dead, lying face down in the kitchen of Jerome Mauderly, a retired Maryville prison guard.

Long invaded the residence of Jerome Mauderly, 71, and wife Carolyn Mauderly, 66, at 10:15 p.m Monday night. After a four-hour holdup, Jerome shot Long one time with a shot gun, officials said at a Tuesday morning press conference in Taylor County. Long had a semi-automatic weapon.

Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Mitch Mortveldt confirmed that the couple will not face any charges.

Mortveldt said 16 square miles were searched in the area. The couple's property was searched three times.

Long is accused of shooting a Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy before stealing the deputy's car and leading multiple agencies on a 40 minute chase through rural Taylor County Sunday morning.

Long was serving prison time at Clarinda for a third degree burglary charge, a class "D" felony. It was a charge he was arrested in Centerville for in June 2012.

A press release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety states at 11:25 p.m. Sunday, Taylor County Deputies received a call of a suspicious person walking along Highway 2 east of New Market.

Taylor County Deputy Dan Wyckoff was the first to arrive on scene. But, as he got out of his car to speak with the individual, who officials have identified as Long, he was shot twice — once in the arm and once in the abdomen. While the deputy was taking cover, Long stole the deputy's patrol vehicle and left the scene.

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