When this elderly couple was taken hostage in their own home by an escaped convict, it was not 911 or the police that came to their rescue. It was their gun ownership that stopped this madman. Watch VIDEO at the end of the article from KETV.
BEDFORD, Iowa —Law enforcement officers said Tuesday that an Iowa couple shot and killed an escaped inmate after he forced his way into their home.
The couple said Long, who’s accused of shooting a deputy in Taylor County late Sunday, was armed with a semi-automatic handgun. He had also taken their cellphones and disabled their landline phones.
The couple, identified as Jerome and Carolyn Mauderly, ages 71 and 66, decided to defend themselves, authorities said.
At a news conference Tuesday, authorities said Carolyn Mauderly called 911 to report her husband had shot Long around 2:11 a.m.
An Iowa State Patrol trooper who was on the road nearby responded immediately to the call. He reported finding Long dead face-down on the kitchen floor of the couple’s home.
Authorities said they had searched 16 square miles of the surrounding area in the past several days, including three separate searches of the couple’s property.
An autopsy on Long is planned for Wednesday.
Authorities said the deputy shot by Long on Sunday, Dan Wychoff, is in stable condition at an Omaha hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
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