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An Iowa man shot and killed an escaped inmate on Tuesday after the convict held him and his wife hostage in their home, investigators said.
Long -- who had allegedly shot a deputy pursuing him on Sunday -- woke up the Mauderlys and disabled their landline phones except for a line in the couple's bedroom. He then took a shotgun that Jerome Mauderly, a retired prison guard and farmer, had loaded that night and placed next to the bed before going to sleep.
Around 2 a.m. Tuesday, while Long was upstairs looking for supplies, Jerome Mauderly sneaked into the kitchen and recovered his shotgun, Mortvedt said. Carolyn Mauderly called 911 from their bedroom. When Long walked down the stairs, Jerome Mauderly shot him in the torso. Long was found lying face down in the kitchen, Mortvedt said.
The Mauderlys will not be charged because the killing was in self-defense. They were not injured during the home invasion.
Originally posted by stumason
I'm going to play devils advocate here, just as an intellectual exercise, but if the burglar left the gun downstairs and was shot as he returned, unarmed, that isn't quite self-defence nor could one say they were "in fear of their lives". The home owner could have, in theory, just arrested the criminal and await the arrival of the Law.
Now, I know the burglar had no place being in the home and what have you and, to be honest, he probably got what he deserved. I am just framing some thoughts on it, is all.
reply to post by stumason
(Long) had a handgun but was described as non-confrontational," Mortvedt said. "After about four hours, Long let the Mauderlys out of sight, then Jerome Mauderly recovered the shotgun and shot and killed Long.