VANDERBURGH COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT/WHNT) – During a press conference discussing the capture of Alabama fugitive Casey White and the death of former corrections officer Vicky White, Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding said they learned that Casey White was planning to have a shootout with police if it came to that.
Police say Vicky White was on her last day of work at the Lauderdale County Detention Center on April 29, when she told colleagues she was taking inmate Casey White to the courthouse for a mental evaluation. Then, she would be going to a doctor’s appointment. After several hours and no response from Vicky, authorities realized the pair had gone missing.
Authorities eventually learned that the evaluation was never scheduled and said it was just a charade to allow her to sneak the inmate out of the jail without suspicion. The discovery triggered a nationwide manhunt.
During the press conference, Sheriff Dave Wedding said that had police cruisers not rammed the suspects’ vehicle, they learned there would have been a shootout with police. Police recovered four handguns and an AR-15 after the arrest. They also had $29,000 on hand.
Sheriff Wedding said the two had no ties to the Evansville area. Sheriff Dave Wedding also confirmed that the two were not married despite sharing a last name.
An Evansville police officer first noticed the Cadillac the suspects were using in the parking lot of an old Motel 6 along Highway 41, about one mile from the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office. Police say the two paid for a 14-night stay at the motel while they planned their next move.
Casey White is currently being held in the Vanderburgh County Jail where he is awaiting extradition to return to Alabama. Sheriff Wedding added Casey White will not face charges in Vanderburgh County.
You can view the full media briefing held in Evansville in the video player above.
For all the information we know about the manhunt, the eventual capture of Casey White and the death of Vicky White, click here.