Manhunt for Alabama corrections officer and escaped inmate ends tragically
Evansville, Indiana - The former corrections officer who instigated a manhunt after helping an Alabama inmate escape died Monday night after the two fugitives were caught by police.
"We've captured them," Vanderburgh County, Indiana, Sheriff Dave Wedding said Monday evening.
Wedding said officer Vicky White and Casey White crashed their car during a pursuit by cops after they were found at an Evansville, Indiana, hotel. The inmate is in custody again, while Vicky had been hospitalized after she shot herself.
She is in "pretty serious shape," Wedding said when they were apprehended.
Vicky White died of her wounds at 7 PM, WHNT-TV reported, citing Vanderburgh County Coroner Steven Lockyear, who said she would be autopsied Tuesday.
No other shots were fired as the two were arrested.
One witness described the scene as "crazy."
"These cats came flying by me followed by every cop in Evansville!" Cory Bradley wrote on Facebook.
News of their apprehension comes shortly after the fugitive inmate may have been seen at an Evansville car wash, according to the US Marshals. Vicky was not shown in the photos.
The 2006 Ford F-150 was seen Sunday night about 175 miles from Williamson County, Tennessee, where the pair previously abandoned a 2007 Ford Edge. The pickup truck is now believed to be abandoned, as well.
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Casey White is facing murder charges and is believed to have been armed. The pair may have had a number of weapons, including an AR-15 rifle, handguns and a shotgun.
Additional charges were also filed against Vicky White on Monday. The 56-year-old was charged with forgery and identity theft after she allegedly used an alias to buy the 2007 Ford Edge. She had previously been accused of permitting or facilitating escape in the first degree.
The assistant director of corrections for Lauderdale County allegedly helped Casey White (38) escape April 29 when she said she was taking him to a mental health evaluation. She then claimed to have dropped him off and was taking the rest of the day because she was not feeling well.
Investigators later learned that no mental health evaluation had been scheduled.
Marshals said that Vicky White – who is believed to have used multiple aliases – had a large amount of money after she sold her house shortly before the escape.
"She had two false IDs that we're aware of, and I wouldn't be shocked if she had additional or new ones now," Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton told CNN on Monday.
The two had developed a romantic relationship around 2020, the sheriff said.
Cover photo: Collage: Facebook/Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office