Special Investigator James Madison Patterson

Special Investigator James Madison Patterson

United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, U.S. Government

End of Watch Tuesday, August 26, 1969

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James Madison Patterson

Special Investigator James Patterson was killed in an airplane crash at Bates Municipal Airport in Mobile, Alabama.

The private plane that had been contracted by the United States Treasury Department to conduct aerial searches for illegal alcohol stills. It had taken off Naval Air Station Albany, in Albany Georgia, and was on final approach to Bates Field when it crashed as it made its final approach. Two contractors were killed and one was seriously injured in the crash.

Investigator Patterson was a U.S. Army veteran. He had served with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms for two years and had previously served with the United States Border Patrol. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident
  • Location Alabama

aerial search, alcohol violation

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Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

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