A paramedic accused of using eye drops to poison and kill his wife in 2018 was arrested again on Tuesday for allegedly setting fire to a medical helicopter when it flew over Charlotte, North Carolina in 2019.
Joshua Hunsucker, 37, of Mount Holly, North Carolina, was charged with a felony in which personal property was burned.
Hunsucker was working as a paramedic aboard an Atrium Health patient transport helicopter when police said he deliberately set fire to a syringe pump in flight over Charlotte on Nov. 26, 2019. WSOC reports.
The helicopter was forced to land, which disrupted flight operations, authorities said.
The incident took place a month before Hunsucker was arrested in connection with the death of his wife Stacy Robinson Hunsucker, 32 in September 2018.
Stacy’s death was initially ruled a heart attack, and her husband collected $ 250,000 in insurance money.
Investigators said Hunsucker refused to perform an autopsy and his wife’s remains were quickly cremated.
Joshua Hunsucker was charged with burning personal property on Monday for setting fire to medical equipment in a medical helicopter on a flight over Charlotte, North Carolina, in November 2019.
Hunsucker was also charged with first-degree murder in his wife’s 2018 death by putting eye drops in his wife’s water
But a blood test ordered by her family found very high levels of tetrahydrozoline, one of the active ingredients in certain eye drops.
Large amounts of tetrahydrozoline, used in drops to relieve swelling, redness, or other eye irritation, can cause the heart to stop.
Hunsucker was accused of poisoning his wife by putting eye drops in his wife’s water without her knowledge.
Hunsucker was arrested in December 2019 and charged with first degree murder.
In the same month, he was fired by Atrium Health over the helicopter incident, WCNC Charlotte reported
Hunsucker was released on the murder charge after posting a $ 1.5 million bail.
Authorities say November 2019 syringe pump set on fire in an Atrium Health transport forced the helicopter to land
But he surrendered to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office this week for the new charges related to the helicopter.
He was issued a $ 50,000 unsecured bond.
Prosecutors say they believe Hunsucker killed his wife in an attempt to claim the life insurance money.
A grand jury has also indicted Hunsucker for insurance fraud and obtaining property through false pretenses in excess of $ 100,000 arising from the payout after his wife’s death.
In 2019, on the first anniversary of his wife’s death, Hunsucker posted a photo of the two together on his Facebook page.
“A year ago, our lives changed forever,” Hunsucker wrote. “Not a day goes by that I don’t think about her, her encouragement, her smile, how wonderful she was as a mother.”
Hunsucker collected $ 250,000 in insurance money after Stacy Robinson Hunsucker’s death and was later charged
“Not a day goes by that I don’t think about her,” Hunsucker wrote in a Facebook post on the one-year anniversary of his wife’s death.
Hunsucker’s murder case was postponed due to backlog in the courthouse due to the COVID-19 pandemic. His cases on the various charges will remain separate.
Atrium Health says it is working with law enforcement officials on the latest incident.
In a statement to WBTV, the company said: “ Nothing is more important to our emergency medical teams than safety – especially those on the run.
“If what Mr. Hunsucker is accused of is true, it is inscrutable to us what possessed him to endanger himself and others in such a way.
‘We are extremely grateful that our pilot was able to land safely and that no one was injured and especially grateful that there were no patients on board at the time.
“We will fully cooperate with law enforcement as the case progresses.”