August 12, 2017 6:21 pm
Updated: August 12, 2017 9:54 pm

Virginia State Police helicopter crashes near Charlottesville, killing two policemen

WATCH: Police helicopter reportedly crashes near Charlottesville

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A Virginia State Police helicopter has crashed in a wooded area outside Charlottesville, Va., killing the pilot and a passenger.

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Charlottesville-based newspaper The Daily Progress reported that the pair were killed after their helicopter went down near Birdwood Golf Course in Albemarle County.

The helicopter crashed after assisting in a police operation to subdue violent clashes at the rally; however, the exact cause of the crash was yet to be determined.

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Earlier, emergency dispatch audio tweeted by ABC7 News reporter Kevin Lewis suggested that police from nearby Albemarle County were at the scene.

“ACPD [Albemarle County Police Department] on scene advising it is fully involved, unknown if any souls are still onboard,” a dispatcher is heard saying.

CBS North Carolina reported that emergency crews were at the scene of the crash.

– With a file from Reuters

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