CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - One person was killed during protests in Charlottesville and two Virginia State Police personnel died in a helicopter crash that was related to the event.
Hundreds of people were protesting during a "United the Right" rally planned in the Virginia city's downtown.
Rally supporters and counter-protesters screamed, chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays on each other Saturday morning.
Three other people were also arrested in connection to the planned rally, according to Virginia State Police:
- 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.
A State Police helicopter that was headed to the scene on Saturday afternoon crashed near Charlottesville.
Two State Police personnel -- Lt. H. Jay Cullen, 48, of Midlothian, and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates of Quinton -- died on the scene.
On Twitter, President Trump condemned the violence:
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency. He later held a press conference, telling the alt-right to "go home."
Men dressed in militia uniforms were carrying shields and openly carrying long guns.
Right-wing blogger Jason Kessler planned what he called a "pro-white" rally to protest Charlottesville's decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a city park. Thousands of people are expected to pack the area.
There were also fights Friday night, when hundreds of white nationalists marched through the University of Virginia campus carrying torches.
A university spokesman said one person was arrested and several people were injured.
Statement from Gov. McAuliffe:
On Saturday evening, UVA President Teresa A. Sullivan told the community to stay at home.
"The safety and well-being of all members of our community is my most important priority as president," she said. "I ask that you help by staying off the streets tonight as our public safety officials work to maintain order and offer assistance to those who are in need."
Saturday's violence is also under investigation by the FBI:
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