2 dead after police helicopter crashes near Charlottesville


The incident happened just after 5 p.m. EST near a golf course just east of town.

Witnesses are reporting seeing a Virginia State Police helicopter crash near Birdwood Golf Course in Charlottesville.

Initial reports suggested that the aircraft was in fact a State Police helicopter and local news stated that police had confirmed that the vehicle was one of their own. In a video by The Daily Caller, it was first stated that a helicopter had gone down in Charlottesville.

State Police have not said if the helicopter was involved in Saturday's rally in Charlottesville.

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"There are two confirmed fatalities", the statement read. The cause of the crash remains under investigation at this time.

Emergency crews are on the scene of a helicopter crash in Albemarle County. At least one person was killed and 19 injured when a auto plowed into a group of counter-protesters.

This story will be updated when more information becomes available.