Florence, AL – A search is underway for the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office’s (LCSO) assistant director of corrections and a murder suspect after they both went missing during a transport from the jail to the courthouse on Friday morning.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton announced Monday morning that a warrant has been issued for 56-year-old LCSO Assistant Director of Corrections Vicki White for first-degree permitting or facilitating an escape.
Assistant Director White was supposedly transporting 38-year-old capital murder suspect Casey White to the courthouse for a hearing at approximately 9:30 a.m. on April 29 when they both disappeared, the sheriff’s office said in a press release on the afternoon of April 29.
Police say two plainclothes officers were investigating an unrelated homicide in the 14th District when they saw three men inside a late-model dark silver Nissan SUV shoot a 31-year-old man 15 times. The man was pronounced dead at 8:02 p.m. at a local hospital, according to police.
Police say the officers discharged their weapons multiple times after the shooting happened around 6:45 p.m. at Baynton and Pastorius Streets. The officers weren’t injured during the incident
“It appears that the vehicle that the shooters were in was struck by gunfire,” Inspector D.F. Pace said. “It’s unclear at this time, however, if anyone in that vehicle was struck by gunfire from discharging police officers.”