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Witness: State police helicopter turned upside down before fatal crash

13 Agosto 2017

Two state police troopers were killed in the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, yesterday, as a group of white supremacists took over the college town for hate-filled rally.

"Lieutenant Cullen was a highly-respected professional aviator and Trooper-Pilot Bates was a welcome addition to the Aviation Unit, after a distinguished assignment as a special agent with our Bureau of Criminal Investigation".

President Donald Trump sent his condolences to the families of the officers and their colleagues in the Virginia State Police.

According to the Washington Post, Trooper Pilot Berke Bates played hockey at the University of Tennessee. They were in the area to monitor the civil unrest that was occurring in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was a personal friend of the men. Cullen and Bates both died at the scene. "This is a devastating loss for their families, the Virginia State Police, and the entire commonwealth".

Witness: State police helicopter turned upside down before fatal crash

"Albemarle County police and fire responded first", said Geller, standing a few hundred yards from the crash site. Cullen is survived by his wife and two sons. 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", he said.

Cullen graduated from the Virginia State Police Academy in May 1994 as a member of the 90th Basic Session. Our hearts go out to their wives and children, and we stand by to support them during this difficult time.

"Our state police and law enforcement family at large are mourning this tragic outcome to an already challenging day", said Col. W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police superintendent.

State police have said that there's "no indication of foul play being a factor in the crash".

Meanwhile, on Sunday, a video posted by TMZ appears to show the helicopter crash along with its fiery aftermath.

Witness: State police helicopter turned upside down before fatal crash