Two Virginia Officers Killed In Helicopter Crash While Responding To ‘Unite The Right’ Rally

Troopers killed in helicopter crash in Charlottesville, Virginia

Two Virginia state troopers were killed in a tragic helicopter crash seven miles from the “Unite The Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Before the fatal crash, the troopers were helping law enforcement officers monitor the nationalist rally in the area.

The crash occurred near a residence on Old Farm Road by Birdwood Golf Course on Saturday. No one on the ground was injured, according to Fox News.

One of the troopers was a veteran law enforcement officer with more than two decades as a Virginia state trooper. The other was a pilot who had just transferred to the state police aviation last month and was one day away from celebrating his 41st birthday.

Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen, 48, and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates were aboard the Bell 407 helicopter when it crashed seven miles southwest of downtown Charlottesville at 4:50 p.m. Both men died at the scene.

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