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August 20, 2013

Escapee dead after holding up elderly couple in Taylor County

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A second deputy arrived on scene and picked up Deputy Wyckoff and began to pursue Long.

Long led multiple agencies, from both Iowa and Missouri, on a 40 minute chase when more gunfire was exchanged between the police and Long.

Long crashed the stolen patrol vehicle, fled on foot and eventually escaped from police again. Officers lost sight of Long near the area of 265th Avenue and Highland Avenue in Taylor County.

A manhunt involving over a dozen agencies from Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska ensued moments following the crash, involving ground and air searches. Those searches were suspended as night fell on Monday, with extra patrols by Iowa State Patrol officers and county deputies in the area ordered.

Deputy Wyckoff was taken by air ambulance on Sunday to an Omaha area hospital for treatment. He remained hospitalized as of Tuesday morning, but was in stable condition. Wyckoff was wearing a bullet proof vest and did not suffer life-threatening injuries. He is expected to make a full recovery.

The press release from the Department of Public Safety said that personal items left in the stolen patrol vehicle led officers to believe it was Long.

This isn't the first time Long has escaped from custody.

Long was one of two individuals who briefly escaped from custody last year. In June 2012, Long was complaining of injuries at the Centerville Law Center following his arrest on burglary charges.

Long was transported to Mercy Medical Center to tend to his injuries when, according to a press release from the Centerville Police Department, he escaped from custody and ran south from the hospital. Officers pursued on foot but lost Long in the wooded area near the hospital. Long was found two and half hours later on Rock Valley Road and was taken into custody.

An autopsy for Long is scheduled for tomorrow in Ankeny. Officials said it was unknown if he had a mental illness.

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