Vicky White, the former corrections officer who allegedly helped a murder suspect escape from jail in Alabama, died from a suicide attempt, the coroner said Tuesday night.
White died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Vanderburgh County Coroner's Office. White had helped escaped inmate Casey White evade capture, but they were found in Indiana following a police chase and car crash, officials said.
VICKY WHITE HAD A GUN PRIOR TO CRASH AND CASEY WHITE WANTED A SHOOTOUT, POLICE SAY
"The manner of death has been ruled a suicide," the coroner's office said in a brief statement Tuesday night, according to NewsNation.
The pair of fugitives, who are not related, spurred a 10-day nationwide manhunt after Vicky White, who served as the assistant director of corrections at the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office, allegedly took Casey White, 38, out of jail for a fabricated court appearance on April 29 and never returned. Casey White, who was serving a 75-year sentence, was awaiting a separate trial for murder charges scheduled to take place next month.
The fugitive inmate was "probably going to have a shootout at the stake of both of them losing their lives," Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding told CNN on Tuesday after multiple interviews with Casey White following his capture.
The pair had a cache of firearms, including four handguns and several semi-automatic weapons, in the vehicle at the time of the Evansville crash, which dashed their plans to escape, according to Wedding.
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On Sunday night, authorities were notified of a sighting of a black Ford F-150 at a car wash in Evansville, as reported by AL.com. The two were later tracked down at a hotel, where they fled, initiating the police chase.
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.