Hostage Kills Iowa Prison Escapee Who Shot Deputy

Source: Sharyn Jackson, The Des Moines Register / USA Today

BEDFORD, Iowa — An escaped convict broke into the home of a southwest Iowa couple Monday night and held them at gunpoint for several hours before one of the hostages shot and killed the intruder, police said Tuesday.

Rodney Eugene Long, 38, broke out of the Clarinda Correctional Facility about 20 miles away on Friday. He is accused of shooting Taylor County deputy Sunday night after stealing a gun in a home burglary and led police on a 40-minute chase, triggering a massive manhunt Monday in the area.

Around 10:15 p.m. CT Monday, Long broke into the small, one-story home of a retired prison guard and his wife, who were asleep in their bedroom. Long held the couple, Jerome and Carolyn Mauderly, in their bedroom for about four hours as he wandered through the house, disabling their landline phone and using their cellphone although officials did not say whom Long called.

Police suspect that Long was gathering supplies to continue his escape. He was armed with a semi-automatic handgun.

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