BEDFORD — Rodney Eugene Long — a suspect in Sunday night's shooting and pursuit — was shot dead shortly after 2 a.m. today.
At a press conference this morning in Bedford, law enforcement revealed Long broke into a home located at 2609 Highland Ave., in Bedford shortly after 10 p.m. The home is owned by Jerome and Caroline Mauderly. The couple, ages 71 and 66 respectively, awoke when Long broke in.
Long, armed with a semi-automatic hand gun, was in the residence for approximately four hours. The situation was described by DCI as non-confrontational. Long did, however, disconnected the land line phone, and used one of Mauderly's cell phones to make some calls.
"(Long) was armed the entire time and (the Mauderlys) knew he was armed," said Mitch Mortvedt, Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation special agent.
Shortly after 2 a.m., the Mauderlys decided to defend themselves and Jerome killed Long with a single shotgun fire to the chest. Long died in the Mauderly's kitchen. Caroline called law enforcement to report Long's death.
"Simultaneously to that information being broadcast there was an Iowa State Patrol trooper on their road near the residence and was able to respond immediately," Mortvedt said.
The trooper arrived at the Mauderlys at 2:13 a.m. and confirmed the dead person was Long. A preliminary autopsy for Long is expected to be done Wednesday.
The Mauderlys residence is approximately one mile from where Long crashed a patrol car and escaped on foot.
Long, 38, has been on the run since Friday when he escaped from the minimum custody lodge in Clarinda between 4 and 7:10 a.m Friday morning.
According to an Iowa Department of Public Safety press release, at about 11:25 p.m. Sunday, Taylor County deputies responded to a report of a suspicious person walking along Highway 2 east of New Market.
As the first deputy on the scene exited his vehicle, shots were fired, striking the deputy twice. While the deputy took cover, the suspect, believed to be Long, stole the patrol vehicle and left the scene. The second deputy on site picked up the injured deputy and started to pursue the suspect. The highspeed chase lasted more than 40 minutes through rural Taylor County.
Gunfire was exchanged between the officers and suspect during the chase. Officers from several other jurisdictions, including Missouri, responded to the area.
The pursuit ended when the suspect rolled the stolen patrol vehicle on a rural road. He was able to escape on foot from the crash.
A manhunt involving more than a dozen different law enforcement agencies from Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska had been underway since moments after the crash according to DPS.
The wounded Taylor County deputy was later identified as 33-year-old Dan Wyckoff. He was flown to an Omaha hospital. His injuries were not life threatening.