Police manhunt in southern Indiana ends in suspect’s death

A multi-day manhunt in Warrick County, Indiana tragically ended in gunfire on Thursday, leaving the suspect, 64-year-old Michael White, deceased, as local Evansville television station WFIE reports.

According to the Evansville Courier & Press, the search for White began on Tuesday when he reportedly fled from police who were attempting to arrest him on charges of narcotics dealing.

A police chase ensued, and White managed to elude law enforcement until Wednesday evening in the area of Clutter Road in Warrick County, where he fired a single gunshot and disappeared into the heavily wooded surrounding area.

Amid an ongoing and well-publicized manhunt in immediate vicinity, officers from the U.S. Marshal’s Multi-Agency Taskforce ultimately discovered White near Lynnville.

As the confrontation and attempted apprehension unfolded, shots were exchanged between the two parties, and White fled once more, this time into a barn located nearby.

Subsequent efforts by police to communicate with White proved unsuccessful, and SWAT officers with the Indiana State Police went in and discovered him to be nonresponsive.

Emergency medical responders arrived on the scene, and White was ultimately pronounced dead by the Warrick County Coroner.

The Courier & Press reported that the events of last week did not comprise White’s first interaction with law enforcement, with court records revealing that he pleaded guilty to battery back in 2020, a case in which he was sentenced to two years in prison and mandatory drug and alcohol monitoring upon release.

Area residents were certainly grateful that the nerve-wracking manhunt finally came to a conclusion, but as Patti Clutter of Lynnville explained to WFIE, “at first we all had a sigh of relief, after that, we also had a sigh of sadness, because somebody lost their life.”