VICKY White is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after she and her alleged lover Casey White were captured following a police chase in Indiana.
She was taken to the hospital to receive treatment for “very serious” injuries after US Marshals closed in on the vehicle she and Casey White were inside of, la policía confirmó.
The pair was located at a hotel before taking authorities on a brief car chase in Evansville, Indiana that only lasted “less than a few minutes”, said Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding.
“Casey White was driving that vehicle, Vicky White was a passenger. During the pursuit, the vehicle got wrecked. Casey White surrendered. Vicky White has been transported to the hospital for treatment,” said Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton at a press conference right after the duo’s capture.
“What I am very thankful for tonight is that no one was hurt, no citizens were hurt, not law enforcement officers were hurt as a result of this escape.”
Wedding confirmed that Vicky had shot herself and that she is in “very serious” condition at the time.
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Horas después, Wedding gave an update on Vicky’s injuries saying that she is in “condición grave,” sin embargo, he would not comment on whether or not she would survive.
The two were expected to be brought back to Alabama for arraignment on new charges. White has been charged with escape, said Singleton, and Vicky was also facing multiple charges.
“We’ve already made arrangements for the Department of Corrections, él [Casey White] will be brought here for arraignment. If it’s 2 o’clock in the morning, No importa. The judge has agreed to come out.”
Singleton said he hoped Vicky would survive so authorities in Alabama could get more answers from her.
“I don’t know the extent of her injuries, but I hope she survives this. We don’t wish any will ill on Vicky in terms of her health or wellbeing but she has some answers to give us.”
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“You don’t know who you can trust,” he told reporters. “I had every bit of trust in Vicky White. She had been an exemplary employee. And what in the world provoked her, or prompted her, to pull something like this, No sé. I don’t know if we’ll ever know.”
The vehicle the two were driving in is believed to have been stolen in Tennessee and was driven nearly 175 miles to Evansville investigators believe.
Photos of an abandoned blue Ford-F150 were released by US Marshal earlier on Monday. The vehicle was found at a carwash in Evansville.
James Stinson, who manages the carwash, dijo NewsNation that he had noticed the truck at been at his business for several days.
Stinson called local police who told the man that he could have the truck towed, which he did.
He would later check surveillance footage on Sunday and that’s when Stinson said he noticed White and Vicky near the vehicle and immediately told authorities.
When asked what he thought of how the manhunt ended, Stinson said he knew that it would turn out this way.
“If a local cop had pulled them over, él [blanco] would’ve shot them. It took a team of law enforcement to do this," él dijo.
Stinson urged viewers that if they “see something, say something. It works.”
The alleged lovers led police on a weeks-long manhunt after the two fled the Lauderdale County, Alabama, jail at around 9.30am on April 29.
Vicky, 56, was captured on surveillance video holding the door open for a shackled White, 38, with a second angle showing them getting into a marked patrol car and driving away.
The sheriff’s squad car seen in the surveillance video was found in the parking lot of a local shopping center, with both Whites nowhere in sight.
The two are not related despite having the same last name.
As the county’s assistant director of corrections, Vicky “was frequently throughout the cell blocks, has contact with all the inmates at one time or another,” Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton told CNN.
Through the investigation, detectives learned that Vicky sold her home a month ago and was set to retire from her job as a high-ranking female corrections officer on the day the duo disappeared.
On the day of the prison break, Vicky told her colleagues around 9am that she was taking White, a murder suspect, to the county courthouse for a mental health evaluation.
She also told her coworkers that she felt ill and planned to see a doctor afterward.
No one realized that the two were missing until around 3.30pm.
As the search intensified, police warned the public that the two were considered dangerous and may be armed with an AR-15 rifle, handguns, and a shotgun.
Following their disappearance in northwest Alabama, an arrest warrant was issued for Vicky on charges of permitting or facilitating escape in the first degree, Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said.
Singleton told reporters that while it’s clear Vicky “participated” in White’s escape, it’s unclear whether she did so willingly.
CASEY WHITE’S FIRST PRISON BREAK ATTEMPT
This is apparently not the first time Casey White has attempted to escape custody.
The son of his alleged victim says that White attempted to break out of the same jail in October 2020, shortly after an alleged confession to the cold case murder of Connie Ridgeway, a 58-year-old mom of two who was stabbed to death during a home invasion in 2015.
White was already serving time for a 2015 crime spree that involved a home invasion, carjacking, and a police chase, according to the US Marshals.
He reportedly confessed to Ridgeway’s murder and was awaiting trial at the Lauderdale jail when he disappeared.
News of the security footage comes as Ridgeway’s son, Austin Williams, told The US Sun that he fears for his safety, as well as the safety of the general public, while Casey White remains at large.
“He’s a very dangerous person with a violent history and anyone who comes into contact with [Casey and Vicky] needs to contact 911 right away,” Austin said.
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“This is a six-foot-nine, 250-pound man who broke into a woman’s apartment and stabbed her to death,” he alleged.
“Anyone who crosses his path is in a huge amount of danger … there’s no limit to what he might do.”