Police helicopter crashes near Virginia city rally, kills 2

Two troopers were reportedly killed in the crash

Police say a Virginia State Police helicopter has crashed near Charlottesville, Virginia, where violent clashes erupted at the site of a white nationalist rally. Two troopers were reportedly killed in the crash.


ALBERMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia State Police have identified the two troopers killed in a helicopter crash on Saturday.

VSP says the crash happened shortly after 5 p.m. The crash happened in a wooden area near a home on Old Farm Road.

The two troopers have been identified as 48-year-old Jay Cullen and 40-year-old Berke M.M. Bates. They both died at the scene.

The crew was in the area assisting public safety resources with the ongoing situation in Charlottesville.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. There is no indication of foul play being a factor in the crash.

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