US 2 Virginia Officers Killed in Helicopter Crash Are Mourned

08:35  13 august  2017
08:35  13 august  2017 Source:   NBC News

2 dead in helicopter crash near Charlottesville, police say

  2 dead in helicopter crash near Charlottesville, police say The chopper went down outside the city on a chaotic day of violence between white nationalists and counter-protestersA helicopter crashed Saturday in Albermale County, Virginia, near the city of Charlottesville, where a violent white nationalist rally was taking place.

The Virginia state police on Saturday were mourning the loss of a pilot and a trooper-pilot killed in the crash of a helicopter that had been Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said both officers " were our close friends and trusted members of our team" and he said he was deeply saddened by their loss.

The two men killed in the helicopter crash on Saturday night that officials said was linked to the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier in the day have been identified as Lt. State officers who died in today's heli - crash pic.twitter.com/e3CsWui67Y.

  2 Virginia Officers Killed in Helicopter Crash Are Mourned © This photo provided by Virginia State Police shows Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen, 48. The Virginia state police on Saturday were mourning the loss of a pilot and a trooper-pilot killed in the crash of a helicopter that had been monitoring a white nationalist and "alt right" rally in Charlottesville.

"Our state police and law enforcement family at-large are mourning this tragic outcome to an already challenging day," Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. W. Steven Flaherty said in a statement after the crash shortly before 5 p.m.

The pilot of the Bell 407 helicopter, Lt. H. Jay Cullen, 48, of Midlothian, and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, 40, of Quinton, died at the scene of the crash southwest of Charlottesville, the state police said.

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  Trump shares condolences for victims in Charlottesville President Trump shared his condolences for the three victims near Charlottesville Va. on Saturday who died after a white nationalist rally turned violent. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) confirmed Saturday night that at least three people were killed. One of the three died after a car plowed through a group of protesters."Deepest condolences to the families & fellow officers of the VA State Police who died today. You're all among the best this nation produces," Trump tweeted."Condolences to the family of the young woman killed today, and best regards to all of those injured, in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Virginia state police said one of their agency's helicopters crashed Saturday outside Charlottesville, killing two troopers. Police said the helicopter was assisting law enforcement officers monitoring the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

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The pilots were helping with law enforcement efforts in Charlottesville, where a rally of white nationalists and "alt right" groups turned violent, before the crash, state police said.

There is no indication of foul play being a factor in the crash, state police said. The crash is under investigation by state police, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, state police said.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said both officers "were our close friends and trusted members of our team" and he said he was deeply saddened by their loss.

"Jay has flown us across the commonwealth for more than three and a half years. Berke was devoted to our entire family as part of our Executive Protective Unit team for the past three years," McAuliffe said in a statement.

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  Two Virginia policemen killed in helicopter crash linked to clashes Two Virginia state policemen were killed on Saturday when a helicopter in which they were riding crashed after assisting in efforts to quell clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville. The pair were among three people who authorities said died in connection with the violence near the main campus of the University of Virginia. A 32-year-old women died when a car plowed into a crowd dispersing after police broke up the melee in the city's downtown.The helicopter pilot, Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen, 48, of Midlothian, Virginia, and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M.

Two state troopers were killed in a helicopter crash near Charlottesville, the “Our state police and law enforcement family at-large are mourning this tragic outcome to an already challenging day,” said Colonel W West Virginia Police Officer Was Fired for Not Shooting Armed Suspect, Lawsuit Alleges.

We mourn these two brave men and offer our deepest condolences to their families and loved ones. We also pause to extend out sympathy to the men and women of the police Residents are also offering their feedback on the story at facebook.com/wsb. APD ID's officers killed in helicopter crash .

  2 Virginia Officers Killed in Helicopter Crash Are Mourned © Virginia State Police Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates.

"This is a devastating loss for their families, the Virginia State Police, and the entire commonwealth," McAuliffe said. "Our hearts go out to their wives and children, and we stand by to support them during this difficult time. These heroes were a part of our family and we are simply heartbroken."

At the rally, a 32-year-old woman was killed and 19 other people were injured after a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters.

Police arrested the suspected driver, James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Ohio, and said he is charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and other counts.

Virginia State Police said Cullen was a "highly-respected professional aviator" who joined the aviation unit in 1999, state police said. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Bates, who would have turned 41 on Sunday, joined the unit in July after serving as a special agent with the bureau of criminal investigation, and is survived by his wife and a son and a daughter, state police said.

"Their deaths are a tremendous loss to our agency and the Commonwealth," Flaherty said.

President Donald Trump on Twitter expressed his condolences: "Deepest condolences to the families & fellow officers of the VA State Police who died today. You're all among the best this nation produces."

Image:© Authorities work at the scene of a deadly helicopter crash near Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday Au... Image:


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