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Vicky White's Final Moments Are Captured In Chaotic 911 Call
“Airbags are gonna go off and kill us," a woman believed to be Vicky White can be heard saying before a series of loud noises and screams as authorities pursued her and escaped inmate Casey White in Evansville, Indiana.
The chaotic final moments before Vicky White took her own life are captured in a 911 call, as authorities in Indiana closed in on the Alabama corrections officer and escaped inmate Casey White.
The call audio, obtained by Fox News, sheds new light on what is believed to be Vicky White’s final words to her romantic love interest before the Cadillac the couple was driving crashed and rolled over.
Authorities say Vicky White shot herself in the head after the vehicle crashed, taking her own life.
She was found by authorities minutes later inside the vehicle, with the gun still clutched in her hand and her finger on the trigger, according to body cam footage released by the Evansville Police.
The 911 call appears to have been placed as the couple was being chased by law enforcement officers.
“Evansville 911…911..Hello?” a dispatcher can be heard saying at the start of the call.
While no one ever directly responds to the dispatcher, the audio captures a woman’s voice, believed to be Vicky White’s, saying “Airbags are gonna go off and kill us.”
After a loud noise goes off the woman says “God,” then adds “Air bags are going off. Let’s get out and run,” according to the audio, also obtained by CNN.
The woman utters “f---ing hotel” before a series of loud noises; the woman begins to scream, as sirens wail in the background.
Only the muffled sounds of sirens can be heard for the next 30 seconds until a soft voice, or possible moan, is heard from someone.
The remainder of the audio captures law enforcement officers arriving at the scene and trying to extract the couple from the vehicle.
“She’s got a gun in her hand and she’s breathing,” someone can be heard saying.
The scene is also captured by the body camera footage released by police, which shows Casey White being led away from the Cadillac in handcuffs. He can be heard asking authorities to help “his wife.”
There is no evidence indicating that the couple ever got married, but authorities have said the pair were involved in a jailhouse romance that lasted nearly two years before Vicky White, a corrections officer at the Lauderdale County Detention Center, helped Casey break out of the jail on April 29.
As officers rushed to her aid, someone can be heard saying “her finger is on the trigger,” before an officer crawled into the car, saying he’s “going to go for the gun first.”
Vicky White’s body is then pulled out from the vehicle.
Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear later classified her death as a suicide after performing an autopsy, according to The Associated Press.
The brazen escape began on the morning of April 29. Vicky White, 56, was working her last day before retirement as the assistant director of corrections at the jail when she told her coworkers that she was going to transport Casey White to the courthouse for a fictional mental health exam. She said she planned to get medical attention for herself afterward because she wasn’t feeling well.
But rather than heading to the courthouse, authorities have said Vicky White drove her patrol car to a nearby parking lot where she had stashed a getaway car and the pair made their way north to Indiana.
After arriving in Evansville, Vanderburgh County Sheriff David Wedding said Tuesday the fugitives decided to lay low at the Motel 41, paying a homeless man to rent them the room for 14 days, according to The New York Post.
“They thought they’d driven long enough,” Wedding said, according to The Associated Press. “They wanted to stop for a while, get their bearings straight and then figure out the next place to travel.”
It was there that authorities spotted Vicky White getting into a vehicle with Casey White and the pursuit began Monday.
When Casey White was taken into custody, investigators discovered the pair had $29,000 in cash, four handguns and an AR-15 rifle.
Casey White later told investigators that “he was probably going to have a shootout at the stake of both of them losing their lives,” Wedding said.
Instead, Casey White was taken into custody and returned to Alabama Tuesday where he’s now facing charges of first-degree escape.
Casey White, who is already serving a 75-year sentence for a string of crimes in 2015, is also facing an earlier murder charge for the 2015 death of Connie Ridgeway.