Vicky White died of self-inflicted gunshot wound, coroner says
Vicky White, the Alabama corrections official accused of helping capital murder suspect Casey White escape custody, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the Vanderburgh County Coroners Office said Tuesday night. Vicky White, 56, died Monday night, hours after she and Casey White were apprehended in Evansville, Indiana, after a more than weeklong manhunt.
“The manner of death has been ruled a suicide,” the coroner’s office said.
According to authorities, Casey White told law enforcement officials who captured him that Vicky White had shot herself. U.S. Marshals said that although they are not related, Casey White did refer to her as his “wife”. The Marshals stated.
“Casey quickly surrendered, and his immediate words to our team was, ‘Please help my wife. She just shot herself in the head,'” Commander of the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force Deputy Marshal Chad Hunt said.
U.S. CBS News was told by Marshals that there is no evidence Casey White and Vicky White were married.
Earlier Tuesday, Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding said Casey White told police “he was probably going to have a shootout at the stake of both of them losing their lives.” Wedding also said the pair had about $29,000 in cash, multiple wigs, at least four handguns and an AR-15 rifle when they were captured.
The sheriff said authorities were investigating how they obtained the weapons.
The two we apprehended Monday after a car chase that ended when officers rammed their car into a ditch. After an Evansville, Indiana police officer spotted a Cadillac the pair were using in a hotel’s parking lot, the chase began. Wedding said that authorities began to search the hotel and Vicky White fled when they fled.
Casey White suffered “a couple bumps and bruises” from the crash, Wedding said.
Following his capture, Casey White signed a waiver of extradition. He was taken back to Lauderdale, Alabama on Tuesday night and will be facing capital murder charges.
Alex Sundby and Victoria Albert contributed reporting.
If you or someone you know might be at risk of suicide, there is help. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, text a crisis counselor at 741741 or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
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