Dramatic police footage has been released of the moment capital murder suspect Casey Cole White was captured and the body of his mistress, prison guard Vicky White, was carried from her vehicle with a gun still drawn.
The Evansville Police Department shared the footage Tuesday night as the coroner ruled the 56-year-old correctional officer’s death a suicide and the 38-year-old career criminal was sent back to Alabama to face charges.
Shocking 911 audio also revealed that Mrs. White was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher at the time of the crash and urged her lover of two years to “let’s get out and run” moments before apparently shooting herself in the head.
Mrs. White and White, who was serving a 75-year sentence and awaiting a murder trial in the slaying of a 58-year-old woman, were finally tracked down to Evansville, Indiana, on Monday after spending 10 days on the run.
After a brief chase with a police car, White turned himself in to authorities and was taken into custody. Mrs. White was rushed to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the head and she died of her injuries hours later.
Dashcam footage released Tuesday shows a patrol car running toward the grassy bank where the couple’s Cadillac was pulled off the road by law enforcement officers after the brief chase.
A group of officers are already on the scene and are seen carrying the six-foot-nine-inch fugitive away from the car and pinning him to the ground.
White is handcuffed and held there for a few moments before officers pull him to his feet and lead him away.
Dressed in black pants, a white t-shirt with a blue open shirt at the top and dark sunglasses, the 38-year-old man is seen looking behind him in the direction of the car where his lover remains trapped. The Cadillac is seen overturned on its side in a ditch on the side of the road with other officers gathered around it and no sign of Mrs. White.
Two officers push White onto the hood of the squad car before lowering him to the ground.
In the second video, taken from the body camera of a first responder arriving on the scene, Ms. White is seen being removed from the vehicle and receiving first aid.
The rescuer first pulls up to a vehicle and runs down the road to where the overturned Cadillac lies.
“She shot herself,” someone is heard saying in the footage.
Officers say Mrs. White is still holding the firearm in her hand that she allegedly used to shoot herself.
“He still has it in his hand,” says an officer.
“What weapon does he have to his head?” another answers.
The first officer replies, “Yes, there… the finger is on the trigger.”
At the time, Mrs. White is still breathing, officers say, as they work to free her from the wrecked car.
After about five minutes, one of the officers first removes the gun from his hand and then removes his limp body from the vehicle. Other officers help and pull her to the ground.
First responders begin life-saving action.
On Tuesday night, the Vanderburgh County Coroner said Mrs. White’s death was ruled a suicide.
The autopsy found that she died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
This came as officials faced questions about whether it might have been his lover in jail who pulled the trigger.
Immediately after his arrest, White told officers that he was innocent of causing Ms. White’s injuries, according to US Marshals.
“You guys help my wife, she shot herself in the head and I didn’t,” he allegedly said.
The Whites were not married, authorities confirmed.
No law enforcement officers opened fire during the encounter with the fugitives.
Chilling 911 audio was also released capturing Mrs White’s last words before the couple’s car was rammed and she allegedly shot herself, as she tells her jail lover they should “get out and run”. .
At the beginning of the seven-minute audio, the dispatcher is heard saying “911” and “hello”, while Mrs. White speaks in the background saying “oh my God” and “stop, stop”.
“Airbags are going to go off,” she yells, sounding terrified.
“The air bags are going off. Let’s get out there and run,” she says, as sirens wail in the background.
Moments later, Mrs. White suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head.
A voice is later heard saying “your finger is on the trigger”, as the call continues after the accident.
The Evansville Police Department also released a third body camera video taken from an officer who was sent to check the vehicle abandoned at a local car wash by the fugitive couple last week.
James Stinson, owner of Weinbach Car Wash, said he reported last week that a 2006 Ford F-15 pickup with Tennessee plates was left at his business.
But he has claimed NewsNationNow that the police did not take it seriously, with an officer arriving to check the vehicle but later telling him there was nothing they could do about it as the vehicle had not been reported stolen.
The business owner had the vehicle towed himself last Wednesday.
It was only on Sunday that the US Marshals Service contacted him about the truck and Mr. Stinson reviewed his surveillance footage and found White on camera last Tuesday.
On Monday, officials released the images and confirmed that the van belonged to the fugitives.
The delay in acting on the tip has been criticized, with officials defending their actions at a news conference on Tuesday.
In body camera footage from May 4, the officer is seen arriving at the car wash and approaching the suspect vehicle.
The four-minute-long video shows the officer looking inside the car, which appears to be unlocked with the passenger window down.
Inside, the officer finds a Glock magazine clip but no gun.
“It’s strange,” he is heard saying over the police radio, before walking away.
At the time, authorities said there was no indication the Ford F-15 was related to the fugitives fleeing Alabama.
Evansville is about 175 miles north of Williamson County, Tennessee, where the couple abandoned their first getaway car: a rust-colored 2007 Ford Edge.
On Friday, the US Marshals Service announced that the Ford Edge had been found along a rural road in Tennessee, about a two-hour drive north of the Lauderdale County Jail.
Authorities said the couple left jail in Ms. White’s patrol car before abandoning the vehicle in a nearby shopping center parking lot and changing into the getaway car.
However, officials believe they were forced to switch vehicles again after the Ford Edge broke down.
The Ford Edge was actually located just hours after the pair went missing and taken to a tow-away lot in Williamson County, but its connection to the case was only realized on Friday.
The second getaway vehicle was reported missing near Nashville, Tennessee, a short time after the Ford Edge was found abandoned, US marshals said.
Fugitive Alabama prison officer Vicky White and capital murder suspect Casey Cole White planned to have a shootout with police officers before he was captured and she shot herself to death, according to authorities.
Speaking at a news conference in Indiana on Tuesday, Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding said the jail lovers “wanted to engage in a shootout with the police,” but officers ran them off the road, which prevented them from carrying out their plan.
A cache of weapons including at least four pistols, a semi-automatic pistol and an AR-15 were found inside his vehicle, the sheriff said. About $29,000 in cash and several red and blonde wigs were also recovered.
White and Mrs. White were tracked to Evansville, Indiana, and taken into custody after a brief car chase on Monday. As the 38-year-old inmate turned herself in to authorities at the scene, Ms. White, 56, was rushed to hospital with a gunshot wound to the head, according to authorities. She died of her injuries shortly after 7 pm and investigators believe she committed suicide.
When asked if White had expressed any remorse for her death, Sheriff Wedding simply replied, “No.”
After his arrest, White allegedly admitted “that they were going to have a shootout” that would likely result in “both of them losing their lives,” the sheriff told reporters.
“His plan was flawed,” he said. “They are criminals, their plan was flawed.”
The network reached out to the suspects after authorities learned the couple was staying at a hotel in Evansville, directly across from the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office.
The Whites, who are not related, had booked a 14-day stay there, Sheriff Wedding said.
Officers were driven to the hotel after initially receiving a tip about an abandoned truck at a nearby car wash.
Before his arrest, authorities confirmed Monday that the fugitives had used the van and released surveillance footage showing White at the car wash last Tuesday.
The couple allegedly left the vehicle and switched to another vehicle: a Cadillac.
Sheriff Wedding said a police officer “doing good due diligence” spotted the Cadillac in the hotel parking lot Monday and a task force descended on the scene, beginning surveillance there.
The suspects were then seen leaving the hotel, getting into the Cadillac and driving away.
The treasure of weapons found inside the car of the fugitives
At that point, police gave chase and rammed the couple’s car off the road into a ditch.
The sheriff said this action likely saved lives, as it foiled the Whites’ plans to get into a shootout with officers.
“That action may have saved the lives of many of my deputies and law enforcement officers,” he said.
Once the car crashed, Mrs. White shot herself in the head while White “gave up,” she said.
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