Body camera footage shows suspect in Ahmaud Arbery case describing shooting with blood on hands
Newly released body camera footage in the Ahmaud Arbery case shows the men accused of killing him describing the February incident to police while distressed and covered in Arbery’s blood.
“I know, I just want it [a police investigation] to be done right,” Travis McMichael tells an officer on the video. “It just doesn’t look good. I just shot a man.”
McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael, and a third man, neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. have been charged in connection with Arbery’s death earlier this year.
The men said they chased Arbery through their Georgia neighborhood before confronting him, suspecting he was breaking into homes in the area.
“I grab my .357 magnum — Glynn County PD-issued, by the way — so we take off,” Gregory McMichael tells officers on the video with blood still on his hands. “And pull up beside him and yell, ‘Hey, stop stop stop, we want to talk to you,’ and he just keeps on running.”
Bryan tells officers on the video he pulled out of his driveway in an attempt to block Arbery from leaving the neighborhood.
“Should we have been chasing him? I don’t know,” Bryan told police.
Travis McMichael eventually shot Arbery in the chest during the struggle, killing him.
Arbery’s family attorneys have said he was going for a jog through the neighborhood when he was targeted by the three men.
No arrests were made in connection with Arbery’s death for months, until video of the incident taken by a passerby went viral online.
The McMichaels were arrested on May 7 and Bryan was also arrested two weeks later.
In June, a Georgia grand jury issued indictments against all three men for malice murder, four counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment, according to The New York Times.
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