Authorities in Bedford, Iowa report that an escaped inmate accused of killing a sheriff’s deputy has been shot and killed by a homeowner after breaking into the homeowner’s house.
The Associated Press reports Rodney Long broke into the farm home of an elderly couple named Jerome and Carolyn Mauderly around 10:15 PM on August 19.
Once inside the home, Long cut the phone lines and occupied the dwelling for about four hours. He used the homeowners’ cell phone to make calls before being shot dead when 71-year old Mauderly was able to retrieve his shotgun.
Mrs. Mauderly called 911 at 2:11 AM to say her husband had shot an intruder. Police arrived to find Long face down on the kitchen floor.
Long escaped from prison in Clarinda, Iowa on August 16, shot and wounded a sheriff’s deputy on August 18, and died on the night of August 19.
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