Vicky White, a former Alabama corrections officer, died from her injuries after she and escaped inmate Casey White were apprehended in Indiana earlier Monday, according to Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding.
She was previously hospitalized with self-inflicted gunshot wounds after being taken into custody following a car chase in Evansville, Indiana, according to US Marshals. Wedding described her injuries as “very serious.”
According to Sheriff Rick Singleton of Lauderdale County, Alabama, where the unrelated couple fled on April 29, no law enforcement officers fired shots.
According to US Marshal Matt Keely, officers conducting surveillance spotted Vicky White exiting a hotel wearing a wig before the chase began. She and Casey White then got into their car and drove away.
Authorities continued to monitor them until a vehicle pursuit began, which ended when a member of the US Marshals task force drove a vehicle into the Cadillac the pair were in. He claimed that the car crashed and rolled over. According to the US Marshals, Casey White was driving the car, despite Wedding previously telling reporters that Vicky White was the driver.
Officers were able to extract the inmate from the wrecked car, but Vicky White was trapped inside with a gunshot wound to the head, according to Keely.
According to Keely, Casey White reportedly told officers to help “his wife” who had shot herself in the head and claimed he didn’t do it. Casey White and Vicky White are not married, according to Keely.
The pair’s capture ended an 11-day manhunt that drew widespread national attention and hundreds of tips from across the country, including one that eventually led to the fugitives’ capture and arrest.
Singleton said the tip came late Sunday night.
Wedding stated that the couple had been in Evansville since May 3. “It’s hard to believe they’ve been here that long, but we’re lucky to have found them today,” he said.
Casey White, 38, will be returned to Alabama, according to Singleton. The inmate has previously been charged with murder. Vicky White, 56, was initially charged with first-degree permitting or facilitating escape and was later charged with forgery and identity theft.
“He’ll be in his own cell,” Singleton said. “He will remain in handcuffs and shackles while in that cell, and if he wishes to sue me for violating his civil rights, that is fine with me. He’s not going to get out of here again. I can assure you of that.”
According to Singleton, “This is exactly what I expected. I had a feeling we’d catch them. It had only been a matter of time.”
He claims that the majority of county jail escapes are unplanned.
“Obviously, this escape was well planned and calculated,” Singleton said. “There was a lot of planning that went into this. They had plenty of resources, cash, vehicles, and everything else they needed to pull this off, which is what made the last week and a half so difficult. We were starting from scratch, and not only that, they had a six-hour head start on us.”