Former Alabama corrections officer Vicky White apparently attempted to commit suicide with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head as officers closed in on her and escaped convict Casey White.
Casey is now in police custody, while Vicky later died of her gunshot wound after losing a fight for her life at an area hospital due to a severe head injury.
It was a dramatic ending to the movie-like flight of the pair that started on Friday, April 29.
After convict Casey White, 38, and Lauderdale County Assistant Director of Corrections Vicky White, 56, were spotted at a hotel, the fugitive pair led police on a car chase that ended with a wreck, Indiana authorities said. Vicky White, who was driving the Cadillac used to try to elude police, had been hospitalized with “very serious” injuries from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
This all occurred in Evansville, Indiana.
“[We] can’t clarify how long they have been in Evansville … lucky we stumbled upon them today,” Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding said soon after the incident on Monday, May 9.
He said the pursuit only lasted a few minutes.
“We got a dangerous man off the street today,” Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton announced.
Casey White and Vicky White, who are not related, fled the Lauderdale County Jail on April 29. Authorities said they believe Vicky White willingly participated in the escape, which took place on her last day before retirement.
The duo fled Alabama in a Ford Edge and ditched the car in Williamson County, Tennessee — about a two-hour drive north of Florence — just hours after the jailbreak.
On Monday, the same day that the pair was apprehended, US Marshals said investigators were in Evansville, Indiana, following up on a tip after a 2006 Ford F-150 believed to have been used by Casey White and Vicky White was found abandoned at a car wash.
At the time of his escape, Casey White was facing two counts of capital murder for allegedly stabbing a woman to death in 2015, according to the US Marshals Service.
Vicky White has been charged with forgery and identity theft for allegedly using an alias to buy the Ford Edge used to facilitate the escape, according to the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office. A warrant was also issued for Vicky White, charging her with permitting or facilitating escape.
No one was injured as a result of the escape, Singleton said.
The pair will be brought back to Lauderdale County to be arraigned, Singleton said.
“He’s not getting out of this jail again,” Singleton said. “I assure you that.”
With Vicky’s passing, we may never know the truth about her relationship with Casey and what drove this long-time law enforcement professional to such a tragic end.