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Police evacuate stores in Mississippi after a pilot of a ‘stolen’ threatens to crash into Walmart

A student pilot is set to face federal charges after stealing a plane and threatening to deliberately crash it into a Walmart.

Cory Paterson, 29, took off from Tupelo airport around 5 a.m. and flew over the Mississippi for at least five hours.

Patterson allegedly threatened to deliberately crash a Beechcraft King Air 90 into a Walmart and was in contact with the Tupelo Police Department.

Tulepo Police Chief John Quaca has revealed that a private pilot negotiated a proper landing with Patterson after the negotiators managed to convince Patterson not to follow through on his threats.

But he abandoned his attempt to land at Tupelo Regional Airport after about 100 feet off the ground, authorities said.

He has since been arrested for robbery and threatening terrorism and is expected to face federal charges.

In what appeared to be the last message, Patterson posted on Facebook: “Sorry everyone. I never really wanted to hurt anyone. I love my parents and my sister, it’s not your fault. Goodbye.”

Patterson worked as a front line officer at Tupelo Airport and had some flying experience, although he had never landed on an airplane before.

The airport tower was unattended at the time of the robbery, which police described as a “crime of opportunity” because Patterson had easy access to the airport.

He is supposed to work at Tupelo Regional Airport and regularly post about planes flying across the country.

The plane crashed in an open field near Gravestown a few hours later and was described as having “some damage” but was “undamaged”.

The FAA confirmed it was cooperating with local law enforcement and that Patterson was the only person on the plane.

Cory Paterson, 29, took off from Tupelo airport around 5 a.m. and has been circling Mississippi for five hours.

While still in the air, he posted a message on social media saying

While still in the air, he posted a message on social media saying

While still in the air, he posted a message on social media saying “goodbye”, adding that he “never really meant to hurt anyone”.

The plane crashed into land near Gravestown hours later, and the Benton County Sheriff's Department reportedly arrested Patterson.

The plane crashed into land near Gravestown hours later, and the Benton County Sheriff's Department reportedly arrested Patterson.

The plane crashed into land near Gravestown hours later, and the Benton County Sheriff’s Department reportedly arrested Patterson.

The nine-seater plane took off from Tupelo airport around 5 a.m. and flew over the city

The nine-seater plane took off from Tupelo airport around 5 a.m. and flew over the city

The nine-seater plane took off from Tupelo airport around 5 a.m. and flew over the city

He is supposed to work at Tupelo Regional Airport and regularly post about planes flying across the country.  Authorities have yet to confirm whether the plane he was flying crashed.

He is supposed to work at Tupelo Regional Airport and regularly post about planes flying across the country.  Authorities have yet to confirm whether the plane he was flying crashed.

He is supposed to work at Tupelo Regional Airport and regularly post about planes flying across the country. Authorities have yet to confirm whether the plane he was flying crashed.

Sources confirmed to the Daily Mail that the pilot of the plane was an employee of Tupelo Regional Airport, but the motive for the choppy flight is unclear

Sources confirmed to the Daily Mail that the pilot of the plane was an employee of Tupelo Regional Airport, but the motive for the choppy flight is unclear

Sources confirmed to the Daily Mail that the pilot of the plane was an employee of Tupelo Regional Airport, but the motive for the choppy flight is unclear

The Tupelo Police Department will hold a press conference around noon.

It is understood the pilot contacted police about his intentions at 5am and remained in contact with police for some time before ending communication.

Authorities evacuated the Walmart where the initial threat occurred, dispersing as many people as possible and urging residents to stay away.

Patterson drove around the Walmart store and witnesses say he then flew to the Toyota factory in Blue Springs before being found in Ripley.

“At approximately 05:00 a.m., TPD was informed that the pilot of an aircraft was flying over Tupelo,” TPD said in a statement.

“The pilot made contact with the E911 and threatened to deliberately crash into the Walmart on West Avenue.

“TPD has worked with Walmart West and Dodges in West Main to evacuate stores and disperse people where possible.

“TPD was also able to start talking directly to the pilots.

Patterson circled the Walmart store before witnesses said he flew to the Toyota factory in Blue Spring before being found in Ripley

Patterson circled the Walmart store before witnesses said he flew to the Toyota plant in Blue Spring before being found in Ripley

Patterson circled the Walmart store before witnesses said he flew to the Toyota factory in Blue Spring before being found in Ripley

Authorities evacuated the area and dispersed as many people as possible, urging residents to stay away

Authorities evacuated the area and dispersed as many people as possible, urging residents to stay away

Authorities evacuated the area and dispersed as many people as possible, urging residents to stay away

The Tupelo Police Department says it is in contact with the pilot who threatened to deliberately crash the Beechcraft King Air 90

The Tupelo Police Department says it is in contact with the pilot who threatened to deliberately crash the Beechcraft King Air 90

The Tupelo Police Department says it is in contact with the pilot who threatened to deliberately crash the Beechcraft King Air 90

“The situation is still ongoing and TPD and all emergency services in our area are on alert.

“Citizens are asked to avoid the area until all clearances have been obtained. With the maneuverability of this type of aircraft, the danger zone is still much larger than Tupelo.

It is understood that the plane is owned by Southeast Airlines Co., Ltd. It is a nine-seater with two engines.

Governor Tate Reeves said: ‘The plane crashed over MS North. Fortunately, the situation was resolved and no one was injured.

“Many thanks to local, state and federal law enforcement who handled this situation with the utmost professionalism.”

A Walmart spokesperson told DailyMail.com: “The store is currently closed and evacuated.

“We are working closely with local investigators and taking the matter to law enforcement.”

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A spokesperson for the FBI Field Office in Jackson added, “The FBI, based on our state and local partners, is aware of the situation. This is an active and ongoing problem. We will provide more information.

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