By MATT MILNER
Courier staff writer
---- — BEDFORD — The Appanoose County man who escaped from prison last week is now being sought for allegedly shooting a sheriff's deputy.
Rodney Eugene Long, 38, escaped from the Clarinda Correctional Facility in the early morning hours last Friday. The Iowa Department of Public Safety believes Long shot a Taylor County deputy and led law enforcement on a 40-minute chase late Sunday.
Deputies were sent at 11:25 p.m. Sunday to investigate a report of a suspicious person on Highway 2 near New Market. A deputy, whose name has not been released, arrived and was getting out of his patrol vehicle when the individual opened fire. The deputy was hit twice.
[Authorities have now released the name of the deputy, Dan Wyckoff, who remains in stable condition.]
Long allegedly stole the patrol car and fled the scene, pursued by a second deputy. The ensuing chase crossed several jurisdictions and even wound through part of Missouri. Gunfire was exchanged during the chase, though it is unclear whether Long was wounded.
The chase ended when the driver of the stolen vehicle rolled on a rural road. The suspect escaped on foot and a manhunt involving law enforcement from Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska remains ongoing. Authorities say items found in the vehicle indicate Long is their suspect.
The wounded deputy was flown to an Omaha hospital and is in stable condition. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
Officials warn that Long is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who encounters him is cautioned not to approach, but to contact authorities immediately.