Father And Son Who Allegedly Shot And Killed Jogging Black Man Arrested

By Bill Galluccio

May 8, 2020

Two men from Georgia were arrested nearly three months after they allegedly shot and killed a black man who was jogging through their neighborhood in Brunswick. The incident happened in February when Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis, claimed they saw Ahmaud Arbery stop to look in the window of a house that was undergoing construction.

They believed he was the person suspected of breaking into homes in the area, so they each grabbed a gun and began to chase after Arbery in a pickup truck.

When they caught up to Arbery, Travis jumped out armed with a shotgun and got into a struggle with Arbey. During the fight, Arbery was shot and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The McMichaels claimed self-defense, and prosecutors initially agreed and did not bring charges. Two district attorneys were forced to recuse themselves from the case because Gregory spent much of his career in law enforcement working as an investigator for the Brunswick's district attorney's office.

A video of the shooting was posted online, sparking calls for the McMichaels arrest. The case was handed over to Tom Durden, the district attorney in Liberty County, who promised to bring the case to a grand jury and asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigations to look into it.

The two men have been booked into Glynn County Jail and are awaiting a hearing on the charges they will face.

Photo: Glynn County Detention Center

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