Last Thursday, Jason McCay, 36, of Hayden was arrested by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force for shooting a long gun in the direction of a 1943 Boeing Stearman Biplane. The incident took place on June 22 near Campbell Field in West Blount, a grass strip runway constructed by Fred Campbell in 1963.
McCay is charged with attempted destruction of an aircraft.
According to the criminal complaint and affidavit against McCay, at least eight witnesses heard the gunshots coming from McCay’s residence. Witnesses reported hearing up to five shots being fired during a 2 to 3 second span.
The criminal complaint and affidavit states the shooter has filed many complaints with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Blount County Sheriff’s Office, and the Department of Transportation.
During McCay’s detention hearing Friday, Federal Magistrate Judge Robert Armstrong set a conditions bond and released McCay from custody. McCay is not able to return home considering his restriction of not being allowed near Campbell’s Field, according to his attorney William Myers.
Myers assumes the next step for his client will be facing a grand jury.