Helicopter crashes near site of white nationalist rally, killing 2 state troopers

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Lieutenant H Jay Cullen, 48, and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, 41 killed in Virginia State Police chopper crash

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Police say a helicopter has crashed near Charlottesville, Virginia, where violent clashes erupted at the site of a white nationalist rally.

Police said Lt. H. Jay Cullen of Midlothian and Trooper-Pilot Burke M.M. Bates of Quinton were killed in the crash. 

On Twitter, the President of the United States confirmed that the crash killed Virginia State Police troopers:


Virginia State Police said Saturday that the helicopter crashed in a wooded area near a home. No one on the ground was injured. Police said they are investigating the cause of the crash.