A retired farmer from southwest Iowa got the jump on an escaped criminal and shot him dead in his kitchen early Tuesday morning.
The drama began Friday, when Ronald Eugene Long jumped the fence at a state prison in Clarinda.
Long allegedly shot a Taylor County deputy late Sunday and a manhunt ensued. Mitch Mortvedt of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, says Long broke into the rural Bedford home of Jerome and Carolyn Mauderly about 10:15 Monday night, some 45 minutes after the elderly couple had gone to bed.
Mortvedt says the couple was held "against their will" for hours and the suspect, Long, cut off communications. As the situation wore on, a decision was made by the Mauderlys that they were going to defend themselves.
Shortly after 2 o'clock this morning, a 9-1-1 call came into the Taylor County dispatch center from Carolyn Mauderly that the suspect had been shot. A state trooper arrived moments later.
Jerome Mauderly is 71 and his wife is 66. Neither of them were hurt in the incident.
The officer who was shot Sunday night, Taylor County Sheriff's deputy Dan Wyckoff, is still hospitalized in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.