Nov 16, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Man accused of stealing a plane, threatening to crash into Walmart has died

Mississippi, Natchez Trace Parkway, Footbridge Over Town Creek near Tupelo.

The Natchez Trace Parkway near Tupelo. Photo: Universal Images Group via Getty Images

The man accused of stealing a plane and threatening to crash it into a Mississippi Walmart has died while in federal custody, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said Wednesday.

Driving the news: The pilot, Cory Patterson, was found unresponsive at the Federal Detention Center (FDC) in Miami on Monday, the FBP said.

  • Staff approached immediately and "initiated life-saving measures," according to FBP. Emergency services were requested, but Patterson was pronounced deceased by EMS personnel.
  • "No staff or other inmates were injured and at no time was the public in danger," according to the FBP.

Flashback: Patterson in September was accused of stealing a small plane and threatening to crash it into a Walmart in Tupelo, Miss.

  • The airplane crashed into a field after circling over several communities in northeast Mississippi.
  • Patterson faced federal and local charges after the incident.
  • His attorney, Tony Farese, had requested a psychological exam, according to WTVA.

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