48-year-old Lt. H. Jay Cullen, and 40-year-old Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates have been identified as the two deceased Virginia State Troopers who were killed in the helicopter crash at today’s deadly protest and counter-protest in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Both Troopers are survived by wives and children
Deepest condolences to the families & fellow officers of the VA State Police who died today. You're all among the best this nation produces.
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CHARLOTTESVILLE — Virginia State Police say two people died during a helicopter crash in Albemarle County near Charlottesville.
In a news conference, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe linked the deaths to the white nationalist rally that was happening nearby.
Around 5 p.m. Saturday, the helicopter crashed into a wooded area near a residence on Old Farm Road, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. In a statement Saturday night, Corrine Geller, Virginia State Police spokeswoman, said the pilot and a passenger were “assisting public safety resources” in Charlottesville.
Lt. H. Jay Cullen, 48, of Midlothian, and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, of Quinton, died at the scene. No one on the ground was injured, police said.
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