An escaped inmate suspected of shooting a southwest Iowa sheriff’s deputy has been killed by a homeowner who said the armed man broke into his house.
Rodney Long was shot to death after he broke into a retired farm couple’s home in Bedford about 10:15 p.m. Monday, awakening them. Long, who was armed with a handgun, cut their telephone lines and used their cell phone, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Mitch Mortvedt said.
After about four hours, Jerome Mauderly, 71, shot Long with a shotgun in the kitchen of the home he shares with his wife, Carolyn, 66.
“As the situation wore on the decision was made by the Mauderlys they were going to defend themselves,” Mortvedt said.
Long was serving a prison sentence for burglary and was scheduled for release in September 2014. He climbed a fence and escaped from the prison in Clarinda.