Brunswick, GA – Newly-leaked bodycam video from the Ahmaud Arbery shooting scene showed the man who filmed the shooting telling police a very different story that what he now claims (video below).
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said it did not know who released the footage to WJXX that that had been held back because of the ongoing investigation.
The incident on Feb. 23 began when the 25-year-old Arbery jogged past the Satilla Shores home of 64-year-old Gregory McMichael and his son, 34-year-old Travis McMichael, the Associated Press reported.
The McMichaels told police afterwards that they thought Arbery was the suspect in several recent burglaries in the neighborhood, so they armed themselves and followed him, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
The men grabbed their guns and jumped in their pickup truck and followed the 25 year old as he jogged through the neighborhood.
A video, filmed by the McMichaels’ friend, William “Roddie” Bryan, who was following in another vehicle, showed Arbery running up the middle of the residential road toward a white pickup truck was stopped ahead of him.
The video showed Arbery ran around the truck and a struggle ensued before he reappeared back in front of it again and engaged in a hand-to-hand struggle for Travis McMichael’s shotgun.
Arbery was shot twice in the chest and died at the scene.
No arrests were made for more than two months after the shooting as the case was passed from prosecutor to prosecutor, prompting outrage from Arbery’s family and community.
It has since been reported that McMichael’s former boss, Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jackie Johnson, told police not to arrest either McMichael on the night Arbery was shot.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) was asked to assist in the investigation into Arbery’s death in early May, and 48 hours later, both Gregory and Travis McMichael were arrested for murder.
The man who filmed the video of the shooting has was also later charged with murder.
Bryan initially told police he was in his yard when he saw Arbery running while being followed by a truck occupied by the McMichaels.
Bryan followed because he wanted to get a picture of Arbery as a possible suspect, according to Bryan’s attorney, Kevin Gough.
“There had been a number of crimes in the neighborhood, and he didn’t recognize him, and a vehicle that he did recognize was following him,” Gough Said.
The video shows that Bryan was never directly involved in the altercation which left Arbery dead.
But the newly released bodycam told a very different story and showed that immediately after the shooting, Bryan told Glynn County police officers that he had been helping the McMichaels block Arbery in.
“I hollered at them [the McMichaels] and I said, ‘y’all got him?’ And he [Arbery] just kept running, he was full bore running down Burford,” Bryan told police at the scene. “They got down to the end somewhere and they must’ve got past him because I pulled out of my driveway and was going to try and block him, he was going all around it and I made a few moves at him and he didn’t stop.”
“Should we have been chasing him? I don’t know… at one point when I cornered him over there he was trying to get in my truck,” Bryan added in the video.
The newly-released videos also showed the elder McMichael describing what had happened to a responding Glynn County police officer.
“Travis gets out with the damn shotgun and runs up there and I say, ‘Travis don’t, don’t shoot,’” Gregory McMichael told the officer.
“The guy [Arbery] turns and comes at him,” he continued. “They start wrestling and Travis shoots him right in the damn chest. The guy was trying to take the shotgun away from him.”
Prosecutors said Arbery was shot three times, WJXX reported.
The bodycam also showed what Travis McMichael, covered in Arbery’s blood, told police in the first moments after the shooting.
“This doesn’t look good, I just shot a man, the last thing I’d ever want to do with my life,” Travis McMichael said in the video.
He described what happened to the officer.
“So we run out, to stop and talk to him. He took off running down here to here. I get out of the truck he’s running at us, I told him to ‘stop, stop, stop,’ until he hit me, there was nothing else I could do,” Travis McMichael said.
Watch the scene unfold in the bodycam videos below. WARNING – Graphic Content and Obscene Language: