While in federal custody, the Mississippi man that police claim stole a plane and threatened it with crashing into a Walmart nearby has now died.
Cory Patterson (29), a former employee of Tupelo Aviation was arrested for grand larceny after an incident at the city’s regional airfield. Patterson was accused of stealing a small plane from the Tupelo Regional Airport, and then threatening to crash a local Walmart.
According to an affidavit, Patterson was also facing federal charges. These included threats and destruction of aircraft.
Federal Bureau of Prisons released a statement saying that Patterson had died Monday at 1:20 pm. Staff tried to save Patterson’s life but Patterson was declared dead.
“Monday, November 14, 2022 at 1:20 pm, Cory Patterson, an inmate at the Federal Detention Center Miami (FDC), Miami, Florida, was discovered unresponsive. Staff immediately took life-saving measures. Staff requested emergency medical service (EMS), and life-saving efforts were continued. “EMS personnel declared Mr. Patterson deceased,” reads the statement. “The Federal Bureau of Investigation was notified as well as the United States Marshals Service. There were no injuries to staff or inmates, and the public was not at risk.
Patterson was being held at the Federal Detention Center, Miami, Florida at the time of Patterson’s death.
Patterson’s death was not confirmed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Tupelo Police Chief John Quaka stated to reporters that Patterson had likely committed a crime of opportunity and that he wasn’t involved with a major security breach.
Quaka claimed Patterson was a “lineman” who refueled aircraft. At 5:08 AM, he allegedly stole a twin-engine Beechcraft King Air C90 twin engine airplane from the Tupelo Regional Airport.
“The pilot [Patterson] didn’t have the experience to land an airplane. Quaka stated that a private pilot helped them.
Patterson crashed later in Northeast Mississippi. He was not injured.