Connect with us


PICTURED: Two Police Officers Killed After their Helicopter Crashed Near Charlotesville After Monitoring White Nationalist Rally

A Virginia State Police helicopter crashed near Charlottesville on Saturday evening, killing two people on board.
Police confirmed that the pilot, 48-year-old Lieutenant H Jay Cullen, and the passenger, 40-year-old Trooper Pilot Berke MM Bates died at the scene.

Emergency crews were at the scene of the downed aircraft in Old Farm Road around 4.50pm, close to the Birdwood Golf Course, according to WSET.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation at this time by state police and the National Transpiration Safety Board. Foul play is not suspected to be a factor.

A statement released by Virginia State Police reads: ‘Shortly before 5pm today (August 12), a helicopter crashed into a wooded area near a residence on Old Farm Road. There are two confirmed fatalities.

‘No one on the ground was injured. The cause of the crash remains under investigation at this time. State police are on scene with Albemarle County police and fire units.’

President Donald Trump sent out a tweet around 6.50pm about the event, stating: ‘Deepest condolences to the families & fellow officers of the VA State Police who died today. You’re all among the best this nation produces.’

The tweet came hours after he failed to name or condemn the white supremacists or alt-right groups at the center of violent protests in Charlottesville earlier on Saturday that converged en masse to protest the removal of a statue of a Confederate general.

Lieutenant Cullen graduated from the Virginia State Police Academy in May 1994 and joined the VSP Aviation Unit in 1999. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Trooper-Pilot Burkes graduated from the VSP Academy in August 2004 and had just transferred to the Aviation Unit as a Trooper-Pilot in July. His 41st birthday would have been on Sunday.

A 10-second video posted to Twitter and filmed on a golf course shows thick black smoke rising from behind the trees as the Bell 407 helicopter burst into flames.

Emma Eisner, who filmed the clip, said: ‘To everyone asking about the helicopter crash: it basically started stalling, spiraled down to the ground & lost control.’

Neighbors told The Daily Progress that the helicopter was flying low near homes before it crashed in the woods.
It came after a white nationalist rally rocked Charlottesville and a car drove into a crowd of anti-fascist counter protesters.

The car accelerated towards and plowed into a crowd of people protesting at the rally Saturday, killing one and injuring 19.

The driver has been named as 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr of Maumee, Ohio, was arrested on Saturday and is being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder, according to the jail’s superintendent Martin Kumer.

Screams rang out as the silver Dodge Charger careened into anti-fascist demonstrators, throwing bodies into the air, before reversing at high speed.

Officials told the Associated Press the deaths have been linked to the violent rally earlier in the day.
It was not immediately clear how the crash was connected to the rally.

A police helicopter had been seen earlier in the day circling over the counter-demonstrations in Charlottesville.
There is speculation the downed aircraft was monitoring the situation in the city at the time of the crash.



  1. bobby butler

    August 13, 2017 at 4:47 am


  2. Jean Larson

    August 13, 2017 at 4:50 am

    RIP officers. My sympathy to their families and co-workers.

  3. Pingback: PICTURED: Two Police Officers Killed After their Helicopter Crashed Near Charlotesville After Monitoring White Nationalist Rally – The Conservative Truth

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

News38 mins ago

Trump Ordered DOJ to Investigate Claims of Spying on His Campaign — Now, They’re Responding

News39 mins ago

Hillary Clinton Jabs Trump and Declares She’s ‘Not Over’ Losing the Election During Yale Law Speech

News2 hours ago

Last week, reports indicated Stefan Halper, a Cambridge professor and longtime aide to some of Washington’s most powerful figures, was outed as an FBI informant planted inside Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. The New York Post writes: Halper made his first overture when he met with Page at a British symposium. The two remained in regular contact for more than a year, meeting at Halper’s Virginia farm and in Washington, DC, as well as exchanging emails. The professor met with Trump campaign co-chair Sam Clovis in late August, offering his services as a foreign-policy adviser, The Washington Post reported Friday, without naming the academic. … Days later, Halper contacted Papadopoulos by e-mail. The professor offered the young and inexperienced campaign aide $3,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to London, ostensibly to write a paper about energy in the eastern Mediterranean region. Here are a few fast facts about Halper’s history in politics. Got His Start in Nixon/Ford Years The Stanford and Oxford-educated Halper started his career in government in 1971 as a member of President Richard Nixon’s Domestic Policy Council. The foreign policy expert served as the Office of Management and Budget’s Assistant Director of Management and Evaluation Division between 1973-1974. Halper then served as an assistant to all three of President Gerald Ford’s Chief of Staffs — Alexander Haig, Donald Rumsfeld, and Dick Cheney — until 1977. Accused of Leading a Spy Ring Inside Jimmy Carter’s Presidential Campaign The Reagan-Bush presidential campaign hired Halper to serve as Director of Policy Coordination in 1980 and would later be embroiled in the Debategate affair, a scandal in which CIA operatives were accused of leaking the Carter campaign’s foreign policy positions to the Republican ticket. The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald reports: Four decades ago, Halper was responsible for a long-forgotten spying scandal involving the 1980 election, in which the Reagan campaign – using CIA officials managed by Halper, reportedly under the direction of former CIA Director and then-Vice-Presidential candidate George H.W. Bush – got caught running a spying operation from inside the Carter administration. The plot involved CIA operatives passing classified information about Carter’s foreign policy to Reagan campaign officials in order to ensure the Reagan campaign knew of any foreign policy decisions that Carter was considering. Halper also worked as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs during President Ronald Reagan’s first term. Had a Stint as a Bank Executive In 1984, Halper was chairman of three financial institutions — National Bank of Northern Virginia, Palmer National Bank, and George Washington National Bank. White House official Oliver North wired loaned funds from the Palmer National Bank to a Swiss bank account, which were later used to aid the contras. Believed Hillary Clinton Would Be a Better Steward for U.S.-UK Relations In March 2016, Halper told Russia’s Sputnik News that he believed then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton would prove to be a steadier hand in preserving the “special relationship” enjoyed by the United States and Britain. “I believe Clinton would be best for US-UK relations and for relations with the European Union. Clinton is well-known, deeply experienced and predictable. US-UK relations will remain steady regardless of the winner although Clinton will be less disruptive over time,” Halper said.

News3 hours ago

Who Is Stefan Halper? Meet the ‘FBI Informant’ Inside Trump’s 2016 Campaign

News3 hours ago

GOP Sets Fundraising Record in April as Democrat Money Woes Extend into Midterms

News4 hours ago

Leave It to Al Sharpton to Find a Reason to Make the Royal Wedding All About ‘White Male Supremacy’