Three more suspects arrested after 'unrest' in Charlottesville

(Virginia State Police)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- Four people have been arrested in total after the incidents in Charlottesville on Saturday.

A hospital official says one person has died and 19 were injured after a car plowed into a group of protesters and two state police troopers were killed after their helicopter crashed near a golf course in relation to the Unite the Right Rally.

City officials say 15 others were injured in the protests, but not when the car crashed.

Charlottesville police Chief Al Thomas says a 32-year-old woman was killed and her death is being investigated as a homicide.

The Ricmond FBI Field Office, the Civil Rights Division, and the US Attorney's Office for the Western District of Virginia have opened a civil rights investigation into the circumstances of the deadly vehicular incident as well.

Chief of Operations Gequetta Murray-Key with the Albermarle-Charlottesville County Regional Jail identified the suspect behind the car-ramming in Charlottesville as James Alex Fields, Jr.

Fields, 20, is from Maumee, Ohio.

A woman who identified herself as the mother of the man accused of driving his car into a crowd of peaceful protesters says he told her he was going to the rally.

Samantha Bloom, of Ohio, confirmed details about her son's car and his trip to Virginia, saying she received a text from him last week that said he'd gotten some time off from work and was going to a rally.

The Virginia National Guard was brought in to help police clear the area and three people were arrested after causing unrest following the declaration of an unlawful assembly.

Troy Dunigan, 21, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

Jacob L. Smith, 21, of Louisa, Virginia, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault & battery.

James M. O’Brien, 44, of Gainesville, Florida, was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed handgun.

State Police said no booking photos were available of the three arrested.

President Donald Trump condemned the violence in Charlottesville hours before he addressed the incident during a press conference in New Jersey on Satursday afternoon saying:,"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides."

The organizer of a rally, Jason Kessler, said he disavows the violence that eroded it.

Kessler said in an interview Saturday evening that whoever drove a car into a group of counter-protesters "did the wrong thing." He said he was saddened that people were hurt.

He also criticized law enforcement's response to the event, which was dispersed before speakers could take the stage.

He said they did a poor job controlling the chaos to allow free speech.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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