State Police helicopter has crashed near a golf course in Charlottesville, Virginia

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Virginia State Police confirmed the deaths in a statement.

A helicopter crashed Saturday in Albermale County, Virginia, near the city of Charlottesville, where a violent white nationalist rally was taking place.

Senior law enforcement official confirms that Virginia State Police troopers were killed in the helicopter crash this afternoon.

This happened Saturday, Aug. 12, near Old Farm Road just after 5 p.m. Two people have been confirmed dead.

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REUTERS UNDER ATTACK He was then chased away as tensions exploded in Virginia

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

A live stream of the scene posted to Facebook by the Daily Progress shows a massive gathering of police officers around the site.

Emma Eisner, who filmed the clip, said: 'To everyone asking about the helicopter crash: it basically started stalling, spiraled down to the ground & lost control'.

Other reports are saying the chopper went down near the Birdwood Golf Course and there were two fatalities.

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