Sheriff describes how manhunt for fugitive and corrections officer ended

At a press conference on Tuesday, Vanderburgh County, Ind., Sheriff Dave Wedding told reporters of the events that ended an 11-day manhunt that concluded with the arrest of an escaped inmate, Casey White, and the death of an Alabama corrections officer, Vicky White, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Video transcript

DAVE WEDDING: We recently found out that they had been staying at a hotel down the road here. It used to be a Motel 6, and now I think it's changed names. And they had a 14-day stay there. We were fortunate that during our investigation yesterday, an Evansville police officer who was just doing his good diligence of patrolling and being smart noticed the vehicle in the parking lot of the hotel and notified us immediately.

So the task force members got together. They drove down there, set up surveillance on the hotel. Soon thereafter, the two suspects exited the hotel and fled out of the hotel parking lot northbound on US Highway 41. Turned in at an industry known as Anchor here in Evansville. They went through the parking lot, went through a grass field. The members of the US Task Force basically rammed the vehicle and pushed it into a ditch.

And we later found out had they not done that the fugitive was going to engage in a shootout with law enforcement. And we have photos of the weapons that were located in the vehicle. There were at least four handguns, semi-automatics, 9 millimeter. And this is known as an AR-15, which shoots a 223 caliber round. So any one of these weapons could have been used to ambush our officers while they were attempting to capture a murder suspect.

The female suspect shot herself. The male suspect gave up when we approached the vehicle. They were both taken out of the vehicle. Life-saving measures was attempted on the female, but she suffered a grave injury and subsequently died at the hospital last night.

We interviewed the suspect for quite some time. I don't want to get into all the details of that because some of that may be used against him. But we have him presently in our Vanderburgh County jail. He signed a waiver of extradition to go back to Alabama. I've notified the sheriff there. And they are going to make arrangements to pick the suspect up and return him to the state of Alabama.