The case of a Black man in Georgia who was fatally shot in February after being pursued by two armed white men is gaining widespread attention among lawmakers, particularly after a graphic video of the incident was released this week.
Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was killed on Feb. 23 when 64-year-old Gregory McMichael spotted Arbery jogging and called 911 to report a “black man running down the street” and said he suspected the man was involved in recent burglaries. McMichael called his son, Travis. The pair armed themselves, and then tracked Arbery down on the road.
The police report says Gregory McMichael told officers he and his son first tried to stop Arbery by shouting, “Stop, stop, we want to talk to you!” The father claimed that Arbery attacked his son and they got into a struggle for a shotgun. Police said the son fired two shots.
Arbery’s family maintains he was simply out for a jog at the time.
The video shows a black man running at a slow pace toward a white truck that is stopped in the middle of a country road. Two men are seen outside the vehicle, including one standing on the truck’s bed. The black man seems to attempt to run around the truck, and the moment he clears the vehicle, a shot rings out.
A brief struggle ensues in what looks like an effort to control a shotgun, and another two shots are heard, according to the video. The runner staggers away and collapses. The man in the truck’s bed is seen holding a handgun after he climbs out to approach the others.
The public developments in the case prompted Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp to speak out, noting that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was assisting the prosecutor who has been placed on the case “to ensure a thorough, independent investigation into the death of #AhmaudArbery.
“Georgians deserve answers,” Kemp said. “State law enforcement stands ready to ensure justice is served.”
Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said “I am deeply concerned with the events surrounding the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery,” in a brief statement that was also shared by Kemp. A grand jury will be reviewing the case.
Former Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who is a former prosecutor, said he was surprised it took the video being released to get prosecutors to ask for a grand jury review.
“I guess my first question would be, why did it take the video [becoming public]?” Gowdy asked Fox News’ Dana Perino on “The Daily Briefing.” “If you have someone who is jogging, who is unarmed, who is shot and killed by officers who aren’t officers — they aren’t even law enforcement officers — why did they take video?”
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation took Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son, Travis McMichael, 34, into custody Thursday evening, according to a statement from the statewide law enforcement agency. Now we must wait to hear and find out the full truth.
Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche and Charles Creitz, as well as the Associated Press contributed to this report.