After violence erupted during Saturday’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., a helicopter carrying two state troopers en route to provide the city with backup crashed. Pilot Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates died at the scene.
In a statement, Virginia State Police said the helicopter was “assisting public safety resources with the ongoing situation” before falling into a wooded area, in Albemarle County, where Charlottesville is located.
Virginia State Police via AP
That ongoing situation included the death of a 32-year-old woman when a car plowed into a group of anti-racist marchers.
James Alex Fields Jr. has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of the woman, who has not been officially identified, according to The Associated Press.
Dozens were treated for injuries throughout the day, including 19 from the car crash.
State police, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board continue to investigate the cause of the helicopter crash, with “no indication of foul play being a factor.”
Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. W. Steven Flaherty shared his condolences in the department’s statement.