La. State Police send condolences to Va. State Police after troopers killed in helicopter crash
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.
Police said Lt. H. Jay Cullen of Midlothian and Trooper-pilot Berke M.M. Bates of Quinton were killed in the crash.
The crash happened just a few hours after a car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting against the white nationalist rally. One person was killed and at least two dozen were hurt.
Louisiana State Police issued condolences to the members of Virginia State Police in a Facebook post Sunday morning.
"Please keep the members of the Virginia State Police in your thoughts and prayers as they deal with the loss of two of their pilots in a helicopter crash that occurred yesterday," LSP said in the post.