August 12, 2017 The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating the cause of a Virginia State Police helicopter crash that killed two people about 7 miles southwest of the attack at a “Unite the White” rally in Charlottesville Saturday afternoom. A vehicle intentionally plowed in a crowd at the White Nationalist Rally, killing one person and injuring at least nineteen others.
The Charlottesville Police Chief said a 33-year-old woman was killed in what’s being treated as “criminal homicide.” The driver of a silver Dodge Charger that plowed into one of the groups at the rally at Emancipation Park was taken into police custody after a police chase.
The Virginia State Police Department issued an official statement confirming the VSP helicopter crash:
“Shortly before 5 p.m. (Saturday), a helicopter crashed into a wooded area near a residence on Old Farm Road. There are two confirmed fatalities. No one on the ground was injured. The cause of the crash remains under investigation at this time. State police are on the scene with Albemarle County police and fire units.”
U.S. President Donald Trump stated via Twitter:
“Deepest condolences to the families & fellow officers of the VA State Police who died today. You’re all among the best this nation produces.”
Virginia State Troopers in riot gear were on the scene of the attack near Water & 4th street Saturday during the planned “Unite the Right” rally working closely with Charlottesville Police to keep the order between White nationalist groups and protesters.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."