The audio shows a strange scene inside the couple’s fleeing car as they were fleeing, but it also offers little explanation for the fact that Vicky White suffered a gunshot wound to the head. Before officers could get him out of the car. Later that day, she succumbed to her injuries at the hospital.
The U.S. Marshals’ Service said the chase ended when authorities forced Casey White’s car to fall into a ditch. Authorities initially believe Vicky White shot himself in the head in a car crash, but no official cause of death has been announced.
In 911 audio released by authorities Wednesday in Evansville, Indiana, the caller does not appear to be addressing the dispatcher, who says “911” and “hello” without apparently answering.
Instead, a woman’s voice – which authorities say belongs to Vicky White – is heard saying, “Wait, wait … the airbags will close and kill us.”
Soon, a loud noise is heard – the first of at least four loud noises in about 15 seconds. It is not clear in each instance what the noise represents, nor is it clear from the audio when the car was hit, when it overturned, and when the gun was fired.
“God,” the woman says after the first noise. “Airbags are closing. Let’s get out and run.” She mentions a hotel.
The second noise is heard, and the woman screams. At least two more noises follow, followed by another scream. Sirens can be heard, and more than a minute later, someone repeatedly says, “She has a gun,” and “She’s breathing.”
The line remains open as officers work to get the couple out of the vehicle.
The escaped prisoner and correctional officer escaped from Lauderdale County, Alabama on April 29. Authorities say Vicky White, then the assistant director of correctional services at the county jail, checked Casey White under the pretext of taking her out of the detention center. The court
Their escape simultaneously ignited an 11-day search that spread to several states and garnered widespread national attention. Although their search is over, questions remain about the circumstances surrounding Vicky White’s death and the future of Casey White.
How was Vicky White shot?
It is not clear from the 911 audio how Vicky White was shot and the coroner’s report is yet to be released.
In dispatch audio from Evansville Police, the dispatcher can be heard advising law enforcement units that “we can hear him on the line saying his finger was on the trigger.”
The 911 recordings do not show a gun or his finger on Vicki White’s trigger. However, other people in the recording – apparently the answering officers – can be heard saying that when his finger was on the trigger.
According to Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton, no law enforcement officers fired during the pursuit.
According to U.S. Marshal Marty Kelly, when officers pulled Casey White out of the car and took her into custody, he allegedly asked her to help “his wife” who shot herself in the head. Was beaten and insisted that he did not do what he said. To their knowledge, the couple was not married. Authorities had earlier said there was no connection between the officer and the prisoner.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
“(Casey White) said he was probably going to exchange fire, which would endanger their lives,” said Wedding.
What will happen to Casey White?
Casey White was returned to Alabama Tuesday night to attend a trial in Lauderdale County.
Following the hearing, White was transferred directly to the William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility, a state prison in Bessemer, Alabama, 100 miles south of Lauderdale County.
According to the U.S. Martial Services, White was already serving a 75-year sentence in 2015 for a number of crimes, including assault on a home, carjacking and police chase.
White’s trial is set for June. During Tuesday’s court appearance, White’s lawyer, Jamie Poss, said he would file a motion for relocation, which the judge said he would consider.
CNN’s Jamil Lynch, Eric Levinson, Jade Tim Garcia and Nadia Romero contributed to this report.