Bedford, IOWA- The escaped inmate accused of shooting a deputy is dead. Tuesday morning Iowa DCI said no one else was seriously injured in the incident that resulted in Long's death.
More details surrounding when and how Long was
killed will be released at a press conference.
Officials in Taylor County were called to a deadly home invasion in Beford overnight. Officials haven't said if the incidents are related.
TAYLOR COUNTY, IOWA (KPTM) – Law enforcement officials warned residents in all surrounding counties to stay clear of a man they said escaped from prison, shot a deputy then stole and crashed a car.
Investigators in Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri spent Monday searching for the man, they said, broke out of prison by climbing the fence.
"We don't want to send a panic throughout the community; however he's armed and dangerous," said Special Agent with Iowa Department of Criminal Investigations, Mitch Mortvedt.
Police said Rodney Eugene Long broke out of prison in Clarinda Friday morning.
Long, who was serving five years for burglary, was not seen again until Sunday around 11:30 p.m. near Bedford. Iowa Department of Public Safety said two deputies were called to check on someone who was walking along the Iowa Highway 2 just east of New Market.
The department said the first deputy to arrive was shot at as soon as he got out of his car to talk to Long. The deputy, Daniel Wyckoff, was shot in his chest and arm.
The department said Long jumped into the deputy's car and drove away.
After about 40 minutes, Long crashed the stolen cruiser about five miles west of Bedford near Highland Avenue and 265th street on Monday around midnight.
Police said Long ran away from the crash scene.
"It's a heavily wooded, the crops are still in, we're in the middle of rural Iowa," said Mortvedt. "We've had air support from the Iowa State Patrol as well as the Nebraska State Patrol."
Authorities urged people in the area to be on high alert for Long and call 911 if they see him. They said not to approach him.
They also advised people to lock their home and car doors.
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