ON THE RUN: Hunt Continues For Long

Rodney Long escaped from an Iowa correctional facility last week and now authorities believe he’s responsible for shooting a sheriff’s deputy.

The 38-year-old is considered armed and dangerous.

Authorities say he escaped over the recreation yard fence at the Clarinda Correctional Facility early last Friday morning.

Police came back into contact with Long late Sunday night near New Market.

Rodney Long is still on the loose Monday night in Taylor County.

Sunday night, a passerby spotted him walking on Highway 2. When authorities responded, they say Long opened fire hitting  33-year old Deputy Dan Wyckoff twice.

He then stole Wyckoff’s pick-up and led authorities on a 40 minute chase.

“They ultimately had him down on a gravel road in the vehicle and he was in an accident in the patrol vehicle and rolled it several times into a ditch,” DCI Special Agent Mitch Mortvedt explains.

Long got away after a brief foot chase. He hasn’t been seen since.

Authorities set up road blocks and set up a perimeter around the crash site.

The search by ground and air is made difficult due to the terrain. The area has a wooded area and 7-foot-tall corn.

Fortunately, there aren’t too many farms or buildings nearby.

Authorities are telling people to stay inside and lock their doors. It seems like no one is taking any chances.

One neighbor described feeling a little jittery, waiting for authorities to send out the all-clear when they finally catch Long.

“There was an airplane going over.  You could hear it.  You just wondering just how close he was,” says Bedford resident, Donna Ernest.

I hope they [catch him].  Boy, somebody might get in trouble.  He’s got a gun,” Bobby Churchill says.

As for that gun, the Department of Criminal Investigation says police in Clarinda are investigating a report of a burglary where a gun was stolen.

There are no ties to the area other than this is where he’s serving his sentence for third degree burglary.

Authorities want to catch him sooner than later because not only is he armed and dangerous, investigators say desperate people do desperate things.

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