Officers who’d been tipped
the pair were in Evansville gave chase after seeing them leave a motel in a Cadillac Monday, and had the pursuers not forced them into a ditch, “the fugitive was going to engage in a shootout with law enforcement,” Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding told reporters Tuesday, citing White’s interviews with investigators after his capture.
“That action may have saved many of my deputies’ (and other officers’) lives,” Wedding said.
“(Casey White) said he was probably going to have a shootout, at the stake of both of them losing their lives,” Wedding said.
Plenty of questions remain about the actions of the pair, who authorities said may have fostered a clandestine, romantic relationship
when the man normally housed in state prison intermittently stayed at a county jail while awaiting trial in a pending murder case. Their travels — which authorities say involved at least four vehicles from Alabama to Indiana — sparked a multistate manhunt.
But they appeared equipped for more hiding: In the Cadillac, police found about $29,000 in cash, wigs, four handguns and an AR-15 rifle, Wedding said Tuesday. Police previously said Vicky White probably was using cash from a recent home sale.
The pair ended up being in Evansville for a week, but had paid for a 14-day stay at the motel, Wedding said.
“They thought … they’d driven long enough that they wanted to stop for a while, get their bearings straight, and then figure out their next place for travel,” Wedding said.
A third person may have helped the couple book the motel room, according to a preliminary investigation. Casey White and Vicky White tried to get a room initially, but could not because she did not have identification, Wedding said. The room had been paid for for 14 days, he said, and when the two left, it looked like it had been “cleaned out,” he said.
The manager of the motel told CNN he never saw the fugitives and didn’t know they were staying there. It’s possible they were visiting someone staying at the motel or someone else checked into a room for them, he said.