A search is underway for a man who escaped from a southwest Iowa jail Friday. Authorities believe Rodney Eugene Long was responsible for shooting a Taylor County deputy late Sunday night.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety says Long managed to avoid capture after leading a 40-minute pursuit Sunday night. Before the pursuit, Taylor County deputies were dispatched to a report of a suspicious person walking along Highway 2. When Deputy Dan Wyckoff arrived and left his vehicle, he was shot twice.
When Wyckoff took cover, the suspect took his patrol vehicle and left the scene. When another Taylor County deputy arrived, Wyckoff was picked up and the deputies pursued the suspect.
During the pursuit, which involved other law enforcement jurisdictions, gunfire was exchanged between the suspect and officers. Eventually, the suspect rolled the stolen cruiser several times on a rural road in Taylor County and he escaped on foot.
Items found in the stolen cruiser indicate that Long is the man they are looking for.
Deputy Dan Wyckoff was flown to an Omaha hospital where he was listed in stable condition with wounds that are not thought to be life threatening. He is a two year veteran of the sheriff’s office.
The 38-year-old Long escaped from the Clarinda Correctional Facility in the early morning hours of Friday. He is considered armed and dangerous. Long has brown hair and brown eyes. He stands 5’9” and weighs 144 pounds. He has tattoos on his wrists.