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An Air Force helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing at a Virginia airport Monday after someone shot at it, injuring a member of the crew, local and military officials told McClatchy.
The UH-1N Huey helicopter is assigned to the 1st Helicopter Squadron at Joint Base Andrews. It was flying about 1,000 feet off the ground, about 10 miles northwest of Manassas Regional Airport when the incident occurred, the Air Force said in a statement.
The injured crew member, who was not identified, was treated at a hospital and released.
“Initial findings are that the helicopter was struck by a bullet resulting in a minor injury to an aircrew member and damage to the aircraft,” the Air Force said.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into the incident.
The FBI “dispatched Special Agents and its Evidence Response Team to the Manassas Airport after receiving reports that a helicopter was shot at from the ground nearby,” the FBI’s Washington Field Office said in a statement.
Officials at Manassas Regional Airport said they received a call at about 12:20 p.m. alerting them that “a military helicopter was inbound and that paramedics were on the way,” said airport operations officer Richard Allabaugh.
A second airport official said the injured Air Force crew member was taken to a local facility for treatment. The helicopter remained at the airport as an investigation was launched into the shooting incident.
“The FBI Washington Field Office is working jointly with our law enforcement partners, including the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident. One individual in the helicopter sustained a non-threatening injury, for which he was treated and subsequently released from the hospital,” the FBI said, asking that “anyone near this area at the time of the incident who may have information please call the FBI at 202-278-2000.”
Joint Base Andrews, which is home to Air Force helicopter and fighter squadrons and the presidential aircraft Air Force One, said it had no further details to release.
“The Office of Special Investigations is fully engaged with our FBI colleagues on this incident. OSI take threats to our Airmen and our resources very seriously. As this is an ongoing investigation, no further investigative details can be released at this time,” Joint Base Andrews said.
Updates with Air Force statement.
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A Virginia man who boasted of his Ku Klux Klan rank was sentenced to six years in prison after driving his pickup truck into a crowd of protesters demonstrating against police violence.
Court records show that Harry Rogers, 37, was convicted of six misdemeanors, and still faces three additional felony charges.
Prosecutors said Rogers drove "recklessly" down the median of a road, then "drove up to the protesters, revved the engine, and drove into the protesters."
Rogers later reportedly told police he was a KKK leader, and officers found KKK paraphernalia in his home, along with weapons and ammunition.
A self-identified Ku Klux Klan leader who drove his pickup truck through a crowd of protesters in June has been sentenced to six years in prison, according to Virginia court records.
Harry Rogers, 37, was convicted by a judge of six misdemeanors, including four counts of assault and battery, one count of failure to stop at the scene of an accident, and one count of destruction of property.
Rogers still faces three felony counts of attempted malicious wounding, court records show. He has not yet registered a plea on those charges.
Henrico County prosecutors alleged that Rogers was driving "recklessly" down the median of a local road where protesters were marching, then "drove up to the protesters, revved the engine, and drove into the protesters."
No one was killed or seriously wounded in the attack, but three people were injured, according to prosecutors.
The protesters were demonstrating against racism and police brutality in the wake of George Floyd's May 25 death in police custody in Minneapolis.
The Virginia protest was one of countless others that sprang up across the country in the weeks and months since Floyd's death.
Prosecutors said Rogers was a KKK leader "by his own admission and by a cursory glance at social media."
Rogers had boasted of his KKK rank to police at the scene, and officers who searched his home and vehicle found a KKK robe, a "Klan Bible," a white power flag, and a number of weapons and ammunition, according to WTVR-TV.
The office also charged him with four hate crimes, but the judge ruled that those charges didn't apply because the victims were white, according to WTVR-TV.
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Fox News opinion host "Judge" Jeanine Pirro baselessly fueled a conspiracy theory that suggested "something's" going to happen to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Pirro added that the supposed event would cause the former vice president to be removed from the ballot during the presidential election in November.
Fox News commentator Jesse Watters could be heard in the background expressing caution.
Pirro later went on to interrupt a hand-off to Watters to clarify her remarks, but it still wasn't clear what she meant.
Fox News opinion host "Judge" Jeanine Pirro baselessly fueled a conspiracy theory that suggested "something's" going to happen to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, and that it would cause the former vice president to be removed from the ballot during the presidential election in November.
"For some reason, I just have this feeling that Joe Biden isn't going to be on the ticket," Pirro said during a Fox News segment on Wednesday.
"I have a sense that something's going to happen before the election and he's not even going to be on the ticket, so don't even ask me if he's going to make the four years," she added.
As Pirro continued with her analysis on Sen. Kamala Harris, Biden's running mate, Fox News commentator Jesse Watters could be heard in the background expressing caution. Another commentator, Dana Perino, appeared to say on the microphone, "Oh man."
Watters would later qualify her roughly three-minute monologue, saying at the end, "We certainly don't hope that anything happens to Vice President Joe Biden anytime soon."
Pirro appeared to allude to the ageist characterization made by President Donald Trump's supporters against the former vice president. During the course of the 2020 campaign, Trump's surrogates have launched a media blitz that suggests Biden, who is 77-years-old, is not physically or mentally fit to become the next president.
Fox News host Bret Baier later referenced Pirro's remarks and attempted to clarify them, suggesting that the commentator meant to say that Biden would not be formally receiving his party's nomination in the Democratic National Convention next week.
"First of all let me just say that I respect Judge Jeanine's opinions and her fiery passion about things," Baier said. "Last night was the last ... Democratic primary in Connecticut where 60 delegates went to Joe Biden. So he is going to be the nominee."
"And next week we're going to see the official nomination, you're saying that he doesn't make it all the way," Baier added. "The bumper stickers are already printed. It's Biden-Harris, and he's going to be the nominee as of next week."
Pirro later went on to interrupt a hand-off to Watters to also clarify her remarks. Although Pirro denied that her previous comments were in relation to Biden's health, her explanation did little to clarify them.
"And can I say something, Jesse, I just want to say something," Pirro said. "Look, I wish him all good health. That's not what I'm talking about. He's got the numbers. But things are so crazy right now. I don't know what's happening in the Democratic Party. And that's all I'm saying. I mean, I hope he lives forever. That's not my point."
"Right, right, we understand," Watters replied.
Biden is three years older than Trump, which would make him the oldest sitting president if elected. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who ran for the Democratic nomination before dropping out, is 78-years-old.
Pirro, a former district attorney and a longtime Fox News contributor, has faced criticism for her remarks in the past. In March 2019, she questioned Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota's allegiance to the country, due to her Islamic faith and her wearing of the hijab.
"Omar wears a hijab, which according to the Koran 33:59, tells women to cover so they won't get molested. Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution," Pirro said in a segment.
The remarks sparked fierce backlash, prompting her network to issue a statement: "We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro's comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar," Fox News said in a statement at the time. "They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly."
In recent months, the Trump campaign and his supporters have boosted numerous selectively-cut video clips of Biden stumbling over his speeches.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi received similar treatment in May 2019, after Trump shared a video compilation that made the Democrat appear to profusely stammer during a press conference.
"PELOSI STAMMERS THROUGH NEWS CONFERENCE,'" Trump quipped in a caption to the tweeted video clip.
The Biden campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Update: The story has been updated to include remarks Pirro made later on during the Fox News segment.
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