Three state manhunt on for Appanoose County convict

Rodney Eugene Long, 38, escaped from the Clarinda Correctional Facility Friday evening.


Authorities say 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.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety announced that Rodney Long was shot to death early Tuesday. No one else was seriously injured in the shooting in Bedford.

Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Mitch Mortveldt says 71-year-old Jerome Mauderly shot Long with a shotgun in the kitchen of the home he shares with his wife, Karen. Long broke into their home around 10:15 p.m. Monday.

Shortly after 2 a.m. Karen Mauderly called 911 to tell authorities her husband had shot Long.

Authorities had been searching for Long since Sunday night, when the fugitive shot and wounded a deputy.

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The subject of a three state manhunt began his criminal career in Appanoose County.

Rodney Eugene Long, 38, escaped from the Clarinda Correctional Facility Friday evening.

On Sunday evening, Long shot a Taylor County deputy as the officer and his partner approached Long walking on a road near New Market.

Long then stole a patrol car and led law enforcement on a 40 minute chase before wrecking the car and escaping on foot.

A manhunt, involving at least a dozen different law enforcement agencies from Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska has been underway since moments after the crash.

According to online court records, Long was arrested in 2012 by Centerville police for burglary, escape from a law enforcement officer and assault.

Long started serving a five year sentence this spring on the burglary charge.

Officials are urging the public to be cautious and observant. Long is considered armed and dangerous. If you see Long, do not approach him yourself but rather, contact authorities immediately. Long is described as a white male, 38-years-old with brown hair and brown eyes. He is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 144 pounds. He has tattoos on his wrists.

Click here to view the full release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

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