Vicky White had a gun prior to crash and Casey White wanted a shootout, police say
New details about Vicky White’s final moments are emerging after the former corrections officer died on Monday following a police pursuit that ended with her suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.
Vicky White, 56, who was the passenger in the car driven by Alabama inmate Casey White, 38, whom she allegedly helped escape from prison on April 29, told police dispatchers on a call that she had a gun prior to the crash ending in a wreck, Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding told CNN on Tuesday. Casey White later told investigators that he wanted a shootout with law enforcement but that the crash had dashed his plans.
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Casey White indicated that he was “probably going to have a shootout at the stake of both of them losing their lives,” Wedding said, citing interviews with the fugitive after his capture.
Vicky White was found “unconscious with a gunshot wound to her head,” which is believed to be self-inflicted, while Casey White surrendered to police on the scene, Wedding said.
“Law enforcement officers were able to disable the vehicle at the intersection of Baumgart and Birch Drive. Casey White surrendered and stated his ‘wife’ shot herself,” the U.S Marshals Service said in a statement on Tuesday. There is no evidence the two were married.
Guns and nearly $30,000 in cash were found in the vehicle.
Vicky White was taken to the hospital after the incident and died later Monday evening, Vanderburgh County Coroner Steven Lockyear told WHNT.
Vicky White’s cause of death has not been determined, though an autopsy is expected to be performed on Tuesday.
Their capture brought an end to a 10-day nationwide manhunt for the fugitives, which started after Vicky White allegedly took Casey White out of jail for a fabricated court appearance on April 29 and never returned.
Authorities tracked down several cars believed to be tied to the duo. On Sunday night, authorities were notified of a sighting of a black Ford F-150 at a car wash in Evansville. The two were later tracked down at a hotel, where they fled, initiating the police chase.
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On Tuesday, Casey White waived his right to an extradition hearing, allowing him to be sent back to Alabama to face additional charges related to his escape.
“I want to go back to Alabama,” he told the judge, according to CNN.