A Georgia family is demanding answers after a man was shot and killed while, according to his mother, he was out for a daytime jog.
CNN reports that 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery was jogging in a neighborhood in Brunswick, Georgia, when retired district attorney investigator Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son, Travis, 34, blocked him with their truck.
The truck stopped at Satilla Drive and Holmes Drive, according to the Glynn County Police Department. While Travis got out of the truck with a shotgun, he got into a scuffle with Arbery as the man tried to run around the vehicle.
Gregory McMichael shot at Arbery with a .357 magnum revolver while standing in the truck bed and later claimed Arbery had violently attacked his son. A shot from Travis McMichael’s shotgun struck Arbery in the abdomen.
A coroner pronounced Aubrey dead at the scene at 1:46 p.m.
The men were later questioned by authorities. McMichael, according to police, said that there had been several break-ins in the neighborhood and that Arbery was caught on security footage earlier that day, looking into a home under construction on his block.
McMichael said when he spotted Arbery jogging, he contacted police, then yelled for him to stop before confronting him.
“[Gregory] McMichael stated the unidentified male began to violently attack Travis and the two men then started fighting over the shotgun at which point Travis fired a shot and then a second later there was a second shot,” the police report read.
Police then told Arbery’s family that there was a “confrontation between her son and the homeowner and a struggle over a gun.”
McMichael told police that he saw the same person on a previous night reach in his pants. McMichael said he thought the man was reaching for a gun. The following day, they spotted Arbery and followed him.
“He was not armed,” Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper, told CNN during an interview on Sunday.
So far, no charges have been filed.
Activist Shaun King shared a video of the incident, captured by a driver’s camera.
*Warning: Graphic Video*
I am trembling with anger over what I just witnessed. CLICK AWAY if you need to.
We need ALL HANDS ON DECK.
This is the lynching of Ahmaud Arbery.
It’s one of the worst things I’ve seen in my entire life.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) May 5, 2020
So far, two district attorneys recused themselves from the case due to conflict of interest. One of the attorneys indicated that the men’s “actions fell within Georgia’s citizen arrest laws,” according to CNN.
“According to that law, you actually have to be observing the crime or be in the immediate knowledge of the crime,” Lee Merritt, an attorney for Arbery’s family said.
“The only thing they have ever said is … that Ahmaud stopped by a house that was under construction and he looked through the window. We don’t know if that happened or not, but even if that did happen that is not a felony that would invoke the citizen’s arrest statute that would make this allowable.”
According to NBC News, a Georgia prosecutor said on Tuesday that they plan to provide evidence to the grand jury, in hopes that it will bring charges against the two men.
“I am of the opinion that the case should be presented to the grand jury of Glynn County for consideration of criminal charges against those involved in the death of Mr. Arbery,” according to a statement by District Attorney Thomas Durden, the third prosecutor to have the case, said.
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[Feature Photo: Ahmaud Arbery/Handout; Greg and Travis McMichael/Facebook]