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Retired Prison Guard Kills Escaped Iowa Convict Who Held Him Hostage

August 20, 2013  | 

A rural Bedford, Iowa, couple was asleep in bed Monday night when an escaped convicted felon broke into their home west of Bedford and held them hostage.

The couple, Jerome and Carolyn Mauderly, 71 and 66, respectively, were held in their bedroom as Rodney Eugene Long, 38, wandered through their home and used their cell phone. Officials did not say who Long called.

Long, who was armed with a semi-automatic handgun, had escaped from the Clarinda Correctional Facility early Friday morning. He allegedly shot a Taylor County deputy Sunday night and led police on a 40-minute chase, triggering a massive man hunt in southwest Iowa Monday. The chase ended with Long’s escape within a mile of the Mauderlys’ home.

Officials said the Mauderlys, who had a shotgun somewhere in their house, decided after four hours being held hostage in their bedroom to do something. Long was shot and killed in the Mauderlys kitchen. Police found him lying face down, they said.  Officials said he had one wound. The Mauderlys were uninjured, the Des Moines Register reports.

Comments (27)

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Troop @ 8/20/2013 1:25 PM

Good work.

rmcneil @ 8/20/2013 1:36 PM

Way to go Mr. Mauderly!

RICHARD ISAACS @ 8/20/2013 6:16 PM


Sgt D @ 8/20/2013 6:40 PM

Officer Mauderly (Ret)., your actions are an excellent reminder from we retired folks in addressing the scum of our society-"leave us (and the innocents) alone and nothing bad will happen to you..!"

Well done.


SGT. CC.MADISON(RET. LEO) @ 8/20/2013 7:29 PM

Mr. Mauderly, you are an excellent example that even though we public safety officials may be retired we are still capable of taking actions to protect our lives and lives of other innocents from the "wolves" attempting to pounce on those they consider "sheep", easy prey for them. I can only imagine this POS's surprise when you turned out to be a "sheepdog", taking out the threat. GOOD JOB, SIR! And I pray that knowing you did the right thing helps you deal with the aftermath. I salute you.

NYPD @ 8/20/2013 7:32 PM

Beutiful!! Street justice that saved the taxpayers 100's of thousands of dollars it would have cost to house this worthless piece of humanity the rest of his life. The Maudely's are heroes!!!

Courtney McLaury @ 8/20/2013 10:13 PM

Proud to see a Senior not lay back and take it from some doper scum. And he saved the taxpayers untold dollars and innocents untold suffering.

He should get a key to the city.

Louchious B. @ 8/21/2013 1:40 AM

Well done sir, when intruders dare to enter our homes unwelcome. Shoot to kill! Excellent work sir. I'm a fellow peace officer and salute you!

Czar @ 8/21/2013 2:49 AM

Please add my voice in salute to the Mauderlys. I do feel sorry as well, for now the place where I'm sure many holiday (and simple day-to-day) meals have been prepared and/or served, will be forever tainted now. Though they were "uninjured" as has been made clear, combat changes a person and they both were most assuredly in combat yesterday. I hope they heal quickly.

Ernie @ 8/21/2013 2:58 AM

I commend they family for defending themselves. The local community organizations should hold fundraisers so the victims can remodel the kitchen.

plato's playdough @ 8/21/2013 3:12 AM

Long disabled the phones in the Mauderlys’ home; police suspect Long was gathering supplies to aid his continued escape. per the article at - and his picture is HERE at - so disabling the phones would also indicate the intention of murder?

Dan (Security Specialist) @ 8/21/2013 3:16 AM

Bravo Mr. Mauderly. You lead by example. And to your wife as well for backing you in the protection of your family! I only ask that you consider moving the shotgun to the bedroom or adding a second firearm to your stable! And please don't be afraid to seek councel if needed to deal with the aftermath of this traumatic incident. Once a watchdog, always a watchdog!

Trigger @ 8/21/2013 5:50 AM

Excellent decision sir. Hold your head high you did good.

Pd @ 8/21/2013 6:35 AM

Joe Biden was right! Buy a shotgun!

Angie @ 8/21/2013 6:54 AM


Terrance Burke @ 8/21/2013 9:01 AM

Give the man some respect. He's a retired prison or correctional officer, not a "prison guard.!" Anyone that retires from a prison deserves the upmost respect from the media, and other law enforcement agencies.

Really? @ 8/21/2013 10:09 AM

Poetic Justice at its best!! Glad it was in the kitchen so the mess was easily cleaned. At leat I hope it was!

Dave @ 8/21/2013 10:12 AM

Bad guys beware, there are more sheep dogs out there who will protect their family

Renee @ 8/21/2013 12:39 PM

Good old fashioned justice :)

Chief K Jones Sr. @ 8/21/2013 12:53 PM

God has bless that officer to know not to be taking . case closed

Sgt. Mike @ 8/22/2013 2:47 AM

Another example of how responsible people who elect to arm themselves can be safe in their own homes without endangering society. "Gun Control" nuts would ask reasonable minded people in this situation to call 911, or barter for their lives with their attacker.

krisnlc @ 8/22/2013 10:52 AM

Good for Mr. Mauderly, glad he did not leave it for liberal courts to decide his fate... good shooting, "dead men tell no tales (lies)"

Ima Leprechaun @ 8/22/2013 3:24 PM

I feel so bad for Mr. Mauderly I know he was put in an impossible situation and had to protect himself and his wife. I guess Vice President Joe Biden was right that a shotgun is the best home defense weapon. Gun control people have no problem with this type of weapon use because this is exactly the type of defense they support. I feel so sorry for Mr Mauderly and I hope his community will continue to support him and his family. This was truly a very tramatic situation and no one wants to take a life unless there is no other choice. I will add Mr Mauderly to my prayers. God Bless Mr Mauderly and his wife.

Lawdog1 @ 8/22/2013 6:22 PM

Well done Sir, may God bless you and your family! Keep enjoying your retirement.

cy cahill (Retred PD) @ 8/22/2013 10:32 PM

God Bless Mr Mauderly, swift justice and one less "Punk" in our prison systems to pay room and board for.

Marshal Fine @ 8/23/2013 5:48 AM

There goes another argument against "stand your ground" out the window! Good job , Retired CO !!! God Bless you.

Joshua Wilson @ 8/1/2015 10:10 AM

Liberals will still be upset. A likely Democrat and burden to the tax payer was killed. Besides, Biden only was comfortable with a reckless warning shot, not actually defending yourself. How long before the ACLU files suit, claiming the escaped cons rights were violated?

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