The final moments of fugitive Alabama prison officer Vicky White before she was fatally shot have been revealed in a newly released 911 audio by Authorities.
Vicky White in the newly released audio of what officials say is a 911 call she made during the pursuit provides more insight into the minutes leading up to the capture of her and inmate Casey White. But it also adds to the many questions that remain unanswered CNN reports.
According to the report, the audio reveals a frantic scene inside the pair’s escape car as they fled, but it also offers little clarity about how Vicky White sustained a gunshot wound to the head before officers were able to pull her from the car. She died from her injuries at a hospital later that day.
The chase ended when authorities forced the car Casey White was driving to wreck and roll into a ditch, the US Marshals Service has said. Authorities preliminarily believe Vicky White shot herself in the head when the car crashed, but an official cause of death has not been announced.
Instead, a woman’s voice which authorities say is Vicky White’s – is heard saying things including, “wait, stop … airbags going to go off and kill us.”
Soon, a loud noise is heard, the first of at least four loud noises to happen in about 15 seconds. It’s unclear in each instance what the noises represent, and it’s unclear from the audio when the car was rammed, when it rolled over, and when a gun was fired.
“God,” the woman says after the first noise. “Airbags are going off. Let’s get out and run.” She mentions a hotel.
The second noise is heard, and the woman shrieks. At least two more noises come, followed by another shriek. Sirens can be heard and a little more than a minute later, someone says repeatedly “got a gun in her hand,” and “she is breathing.”
The line stays open as officers work to get the pair out of the vehicle.
Vicky White, 56, was transported to a hospital, the US Marshals said. Casey White, 38, was taken into custody and transported back to Alabama.
The escaped inmate and corrections official fled from Lauderdale County, Alabama, on April 29. Authorities say Vicky White, who was then the assistant director of corrections at the county jail, checked Casey White out of the detention centre under the pretence of taking him to the courthouse.
Investigators believe the two fostered a romantic relationship while Casey White, who was normally housed in state prison, was periodically transferred to the Lauderdale County jail to attend hearings related to the 2015 stabbing death of Connie Ridgeway, for which White is facing capital murder charges. The county sheriff has said the two maintained communication when he was transferred back to state prison.
Their escape together ignited an 11-day manhunt which spanned multiple states and captured widespread national attention.
Though the search for them has ended, questions remain about the circumstances of Vicky White’s death and the future Casey White now faces.