Fugitive prison guard Vicky White has died at hospital from self-inflicted gunshot wounds hours after being captured by law enforcement officers with escaped Alabama inmate Casey White, officials have confirmed.
Ms White was taken to hospital after the nationwide manhunt for the pair came to a dramatic end with a car crash near Evansville, Indiana, on Monday afternoon.
Vanderburgh County Coroner, Steven W Lockyear, announced that the 56-year-old corrections officer had died at Evansville Deaconess Midtown Hospital on Monday night, reported WHNT.
An autopsy for her will be carried out on Tuesday.
Earlier, Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding told reporters at the scene of the arrest that Ms White’s injuries were “very serious” and described her as being in “pretty serious shape”.
The apprehension came after a Cadillac car Ms White was driving was rammed by Marshals to end the pursuit.
“The male and female fled in a vehicle on Highway 41 northbound, went past Highway 57 as you can see they turned here on Birch Park Drive, they came through this grassy area,” Sheriff Wedding explained.
“The Marshals task force intercepted them, actually collided with them to try to end the pursuit.”
And he added: “Two bad people are off the streets.”
The sheriff said the couple appear to have been in Indiana for six days before their capture.
“It’s hard to believe they were here that many days. They’re criminals, sometimes they do things that are inexplicable, but I’m glad they did,” he said.
The sheriff added that Casey White’s massive stature helped in his capture. “In this case, one of the suspects being 6ft 9, that’s good for us,” he said.
The arrest came 11 days into the nationwide manhunt for the pair, after Ms White walked a shackled Casey White out of jail and they disappeared.
“We got a dangerous man off the street today,” Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton told AL.com following the Monday afternoon capture.
No law enforcement officers fired their weapons during the capture of the inmate and the prison guard, according to US Marshals Service.
Sheriff Singleton said that following the chase Casey White, 38, had surrendered peacefully to law enforcement.
“This has ended a very long and stressful and challenging week and a half,” added the sheriff.
“It ended the way we knew it would – with them in custody. He is never going to see the light of day again and that’s a good thing, not just for our community but that’s a good thing for this country.”
Their capture came after investigators received a tip on the couple’s location late on Sunday night, and tracked them to a hotel in the state, from which they fled. The sheriff said they do not know why the couple ended up in Indiana.