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Ex-Ala. jailer Vicky White dies from self-sustained injury after escape with inmate

Former Alabama jailer Vicky White died after she sustained serious injuries from a self-inflicted gunshot wound as U.S. Marshals chased her car in Evansville, Ind., on Monday. File Photo via Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office/UPI
Former Alabama jailer Vicky White died after she sustained serious injuries from a self-inflicted gunshot wound as U.S. Marshals chased her car in Evansville, Ind., on Monday. File Photo via Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office/UPI | License Photo

May 9 (UPI) -- Former Alabama corrections officer Vicky White died in a hospital Monday after she and escaped murder suspect Casey Cole White, on the run together for 11 days, were apprehended in Indiana following a chase, authorities said.

Vicky White was hospitalized with serious wounds from a self-inflicted gunshot and was pronounced dead at a hospital in Evansville, Ind., at around 7 p.m., NBC News reported.

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Vicky White shot herself while driving the vehicle and sustained "very serious" injuries, while Casey White was also hospitalized with injuries that appeared to be minor after U.S. Marshals chased their vehicle through Vanderburgh County, Ind., Sheriff Dave Wedding told reporters.

Wedding said marshals tried to pull over a suspicious vehicle spotted near the sheriff's office in Evansville on Monday afternoon, and after a high-speed chase eventually collided with it in a grassy area off U.S. Hwy. 41.

Earlier Monday, Lauderdale, Ala., County Sheriff Rick Singleton said Vicky White now faces felony charges of second-degree forgery and identity theft, CNN and AL.com reported.

The sheriff said the charges stem from her alleged purchase of a 2007 Ford Edge used in her getaway with Casey White.

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The ex-jailer was previously charged with permitting and/or aiding in an escape, also a felony.

The duo left the Lauderdale County Jail on April 29, allegedly en route to court for a mental health evaluation. No such evaluation was scheduled, however, and the couple disappeared after leaving the jail.

The Ford Edge was found abandoned by the Williamson County Sheriff's Office in Tennessee, about two hours north of Lauderdale County.

A video released by authorities on Saturday showed Vicky White in a hotel just hours before the pair's disappearance.

The surveillance footage, recorded around 5:21 a.m. on April 29, came from a Quality Inn in Florence, Ala., next to a shopping center at which she had parked the getaway car before she allegedly helped Casey White escape.

Casey White's escape is believed to have been "orchestrated" with Vicky White playing a role, Singleton said. The two are not related.

The U.S. Marshals Service had offered up to $10,000 for information leading to the capture of Casey White and up to $5,000 for Vicky White.

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