H. Jay Cullen and Berke M.M. Bates killed in helicopter crash in residential area of Charlottesville, Virginia
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Two state troopers, Lt. H. Jay Cullen and trooper-pilot Berke M.M. Bates, died when a Virginia State Police helicopter crashed not far from the protests. The crash is "connected" to the rally, according to officials who did not specify as to how.
In a statement, Virginia State Police said the helicopter was "assisting public safety resources with the ongoing situation" before falling into a wooded area, in Albemarle County, where Charlottesville is located.
Radar data indicated that just prior to the accident the helicopter was flying north-northwest at an altitude of approximately 2,200 feet above mean sea level before it began to turn to the right and descend rapidly.