Prison officer Vicky White, charged with aiding the escape of a murder suspect in Alabama, has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the coroner said.

Alabama Penitentiary Vicky White charged with aiding murder suspect Casey White Escape DetentionThe Vanderburgh County Medical Examiner’s Office said Tuesday night that Mr. A died of a gunshot wound to the head. Vicky White, 56, died Monday night hours after she and Casey White were arrested after more than a week’s pursuit in Evansville, Indiana.

“The cause of death was determined to be suicide,” the coroner said.

According to the authorities, Casey White told law enforcement officers who arrested her that Vicky White shot herself. The two of her are unrelated, but he called her her own “wife,” US Marshals said.

“Casey surrendered quickly and his immediate words to our team were, ‘Help my wife. She just shot her in the head,'” said commander Chad Hunt, deputy commander of the Gulf Coast Fugitives Task Force.

A US sheriff told CBS News that there was no evidence that Casey and Vicky White were married.

Earlier Tuesday, Vanderburg County Sheriff Dave Wedding said Casey White told police that “there will be a gunfight that will cost both of them lives.” Wedding also said the two were in possession of $29,000 in cash, several wigs, at least four pistols and an AR-15 rifle at the time of their arrest.

The sheriff said authorities were investigating how the weapon was obtained.

The two were arrested on Monday after a chase that resulted in police smashing their car into a ditch. The chase began Monday after police in Evansville, Indiana, found a Cadillac believed to be used by two men in a hotel parking lot. The wedding said authorities began monitoring the hotel and began tracking Casey and Vicky White when they fled.

Casey White suffered “several bumps and bruises” from the crash, the wedding said.

After her arrest, Casey White signed a waiver of extradition. On Tuesday night, he was transported to Lauderdale, Alabama, where he will face a murder charge next month.

Alex Sundby and Victoria Albert contributed to the report.

If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide, you can get help. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, text a crisis counselor at 741741, or visit: Suicide Prevention


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