Alabama fugitive Casey White and Reform Officer Vicky White are in custody, and he shot himself and was admitted to hospital, officials said Monday afternoon.
The couple was taken into custody after being chased in Evansville, Indiana, and their vehicle crashed, authorities said.
U.S. Marshals told CNN that Vicky White’s wound was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
According to Lauderdale, Alabama, County Sheriff Rick Singleton, no law enforcement officers opened fire.
He said he was arrested and detained on information provided by the public. The tip came Sunday night, Singleton said.
The couple was staying at a hotel and then a vehicle followed, he said.
The sheriff said unrelated whites would be brought back to Alabama for questioning.
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This is the first time he’s been seen by correctional officer Vicky White since White escaped from a detention center in Lauderdale County, Alabama.
The U.S. Marshals Service said in a statement that the owner provided images from a security camera.
The marshals are now in Indiana, the agency said, “following a tip following the discovery of a vehicle believed to have been used by two fugitives from Alabama abandoned in the area.”
The U.S. Marshall Service said last week that Casey White, who faces murder charges, is considered dangerous and armed. There is a reward of up to $ 15,000 for information leading to his capture, and a reward of up to $ 10,000 for information leading to Vicky White’s capture.
New charges against Vicky White
In Alabama, the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department said Monday that new charges have been filed against Vicky White in connection with Casey White’s escape.
Officials say allegations have surfaced that he used a nickname to buy a 2007 Ford Edge. The warrant shows that Vicky White is wanted on a charge of forgery and identity theft.
Vicky White, the assistant director of Lauderdale County Corrections, took Casey White out of the county jail on April 29 and said he would take her for a mental assessment, which authorities later learned was never planned. She then told the prisoner that she was going to get medical treatment because she was not feeling well.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said Monday that using Vicky White’s aliases could complicate the search for both.
“If she uses her own identity, it will be much easier for us to find her,” Singleton told CNN’s Piana Golotrica. “We know she used the wrong identification to buy a car in the county.”
“She had two false IDs, we know, and now I would not be shocked if she has extra or new ones,” the sheriff said.
The video shows the footage being well-prepared to escape, the sheriff says
Vicky White’s surveillance video footage taken before leaving shows the size of the product that escaped, Singleton said.
Investigators found footage of White shopping for men’s clothing at a department store and an “adult store,” Singleton said, adding that the prisoner had “apparently changed clothes”.
“It tells us it was very well planned and calculated,” Singleton said. “Apparently she planned this escape well up to a t.”
Investigators have previously released video footage showing Vicky White being in a quality hotel in Florence, where she stayed the night before her escape a week ago.
The patrol car carrying the officer and prisoner from the jail was dropped off in the shopping center parking lot. Vicky White’s prisons, radio and handcuffs were found inside. Authorities believe the couple went in a different vehicle: Vicky White’s 2007 Ford SUV he parked at the scene the night before.
“We know where the car is and we know which direction they went,” the sheriff said. “We are trying to canvas the area for any witnesses and to investigate whether any stolen vehicles were reported in the area at that time.”
Authorities believe the vehicle may have been suddenly stopped in the area due to an engine malfunction.
For now, investigators are in the dark about where the couple went after that, the sheriff said Monday.
“We have no information on how they left the area,” Singleton said. “There are all sorts of possibilities. We look at every possible scenario we can think of,” the sheriff said when asked if anyone could help them.
By the time the two fled, the sheriff said they were no longer in the country.
“This is something we are considering, especially with Mexican and Canadian authorities trying to follow through,” Singleton said.
She now has an active arrest warrant for allowing or facilitating her escape in first degree. She no longer works in the sheriff’s office, the office said, adding that although April 29 was the last day of her work, her retirement papers had not been finalized.
Investigators believe Vicky White had a large amount of money when the couple went missing, and Singleton said authorities are working to find out more details.
Singleton said Monday that Vicky White’s mother was “very cooperative” with investigators.
“Like us, she’s at a complete loss. She did not know this side of her daughter. Apparently, she was very upset,” he said.
Officers share photos and rewards
The U.S. Marshals Service said the pair may have been armed with weapons, including an AR-15 rifle, pistols and a shotgun.
When Casey White came out with his ex-girlfriend and his sister in 2015, the agency said “he would kill them and the police wanted to kill him”. Authorities have warned detainees of “possible targets” and are taking steps to protect them, the Marshalls Service said.
Investigators are concerned that Casey White may not be taking medication to “control anger and that kind of thing,” Singleton said Monday.
“He has some problems with his medication. I told him he could be very violent once he stopped taking the medication,” Singleton said.
The service also released several photos of Casey White and her tattoos, as well as photo renders of how Vicky White, who was blonde at the time of the disappearance, looked darker and with shorter hair.
The agency pays up to $ 10,000 for information leading to the arrest of a prisoner and up to $ 5,000 for a former officer. On Friday, Alabama Governor Kay Ivy announced an additional reward of $ 5,000 each for information leading to the arrest and arrest of Vicky White and Casey White.
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