The manhunt for fugitive Alabama murder suspect Casey White and former correctional officer Vicky White has come to a dramatic end after a car chase ended with his death from injury shot in the head.
The footage, filmed by a stunned motorist in Evansville, Indiana, shows authorities moving into the couple’s Cadillac. The couple had been on the run for 11 days after Vicky White helped Casey White, who was serving a 75-year sentence, escape from prison on April 29.
In the video, the motorist and a passenger can be heard describing the scene on a busy street to someone on the phone.
“I swear to God, I’m watching it right now!” They just got it! the motorist said on the phone, adding that the escaped detainee and officer were captured at his workplace.
“They just dragged him out!” said the man, stopping to continue observing the scene. In the footage, dozens of cops and police cars can be seen surrounding a Cadillac.
“She must be in the car,” the man adds excitedly, noting that he was standing right where the arrest was taking place.
Police say Vicky White, 56, was shot in the head during her arrest.
Casey White turned himself in to police after the vehicle he was driving sank, Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said Monday.
Dave Wedding, the country sheriff of Vanderburgh, Indiana, told NBC’s TODAY Show that officials are investigating the death of Vicky White which concluded Monday’s high-speed pursuit.
“The coroner’s office will investigate and determine if it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The initial indication [is] that it was, but we won’t rule anything out until we have a full coroner’s inquest.
According to Wedding, the ensuing hunt was short-lived. Authorities reportedly learned the pair were staying at a hotel in Indiana and set up surveillance before prosecuting the couple.
“They were in a grassy area, so three of our task force members actually rammed the vehicle and pushed it into a ditch so it ended up on its side. As they approached the vehicle, it was apparent that the female driver was unconscious and still had a gun in her hand.
“They pulled the murderer out of the vehicle simultaneously,” Wedding added.
Following the car chase and the couple’s arrest, Singleton held a press conference, saying they had always expected this outcome.
“I knew we would catch them, it was only a matter of time,” Singleton said.
Vicky White and Casey White are not related but share a “special relationship”, according to authorities, who said Vicky White would give her special treatment over other inmates.
What made this particular situation difficult, according to Singleton, was that the 17-year veteran of the department and the inmate had concocted an elaborate escape plan long before their escape.
“The escape was obviously well planned and calculated, a lot of preparation went into it, they had money, vehicles, they had everything they needed to be successful,” he said.
There is no evidence that the couple received any help during their escape. Casey White will be sent back to Alabama and arrested in Lauderdale County.
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