Police plan reduced search for inmate during night

NEW MARKET, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say the search for an escaped inmate suspected of shooting a sheriff’s deputy in southwest Iowa will be largely halted at nightfall, but patrols in the area will be increased so officers can respond quickly if needed.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety says the ground search for inmate Rodney Long in Taylor County would end Monday night. Officers will continue patrols and will be available to residents.

Long escaped the minimum-security prison facility in Clarinda on Friday morning.

He’s suspected of shooting deputy Dan Wyckoff, who attempted to talk with him late Sunday as he walked along a highway.

Long fled in Wyckoff’s patrol car after the shooting.

After joining another deputy in a chase, Wyckoff was taken to an Omaha hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

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