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On February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Arbery was shot along a road in Satilla Shores, Georgia by Travis McMichael.

Video footage shows Arbery trespassing on private property, walking into an incomplete house still under construction and looking around for awhile, before running off after someone noticed him.

Retired police officer Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael got in their pickup truck and drove after him, and then drove before him and parked. "Stop, stop," they shouted at Mr. Arbery, "we want to talk to you." Travis McMichael pulled a shotgun on Arbery attempting to do a citizen's arrest, Arbery grabbed the shotgun, struggling a bit, and was shot dead.

Video of this was recorded by a vehicle following the truck.

Gregory McMichael is a retired 64 year old investigator who worked with the Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office from 1995 until May 2019. He had helped with a criminal prosecution of Auhmed Arbery during that time period. He had also worked at the police department from 1982 to 1989.

District attorney George E. Barnhill in Ware County decided not to prosecute anyone for the shooting, stating that that both men had followed the state’s citizen arrest statute, as Travis appeared to be acting in self-defense. He also stated that Arbery had a criminal record which including a shoplifting conviction, a probation violation, and an indictment for taking a handgun to a high school basketball game.

The police report of the incident records that Gregory and Travis McMichael stated that Arbery looked like the suspect responsible for a series of local break-ins. Gregory told police that he’d seen Arbery “the other night” and that he’d reached into his pants and thought he had a gun.

Previous related crime in the area

The owner of the incomplete home stated there were videos of previous occasions showing a man entering his property and stealing $2,500 worth of fishing equipment but he could not identify the man so he did not file a police report.

Earlier Travis McMichael had filed a report for a theft of a 9mm handgun from his unlocked truck.

A neighbor, Diego Perez, stated the property owner of the the house being constructed contacted him with a security camera footage of someone trespassing there, and he went with former police officer Gregory McMichael and his son to search the property. This was on February 11. The video footage of that event showed it was Ahmaud Arbery. Perez said: "Travis saw him in the yard, and Travis stopped." "He confronted (the man) halfway into the yard. He said (the man) reached for his waistband, and Travis got spooked and went down the road." This was two days before the shooting. [1]

The 911 call reporting him in the unfinished house said "and he's been caught on the camera a bunch before at night. Kind of an ongoing thing out here"

Admaud Arbery's criminal record

At age 19 he was stopped from entering Brunswick High School when they noticed he had a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun. They chased him down to capture him. Two of the police officers suffered injuries, one was treated for a fractured hand.

In 2017 he was convicted of stealing a television from Walmart.

November 2017 a police officer questioned found him parked in a park with his radio on. A second officer showed up and tried to use a taser on him but it malfunctioned. He was not found to be doing anything illegal other than driving with a suspended driver's license. [2]


District attorney George E. Barnhill

“It appears their intent was to stop and hold this criminal suspect until law enforcement arrived. Under Georgia Law, this is perfectly legal."

“Arbery’s mental health records and prior convictions help explain his apparent aggressive nature and his possible thought pattern to attack an armed man.”

Bias news media

Some news people have shown video segments out of order or otherwise edited them. Instead of showing Arbery running from the house after being spotted, they claim he was walking from it, and showed video footage of him walking out the front door and around to the back door at one point.

Some news media claims the house was just a "foundation" when in fact it was a house with construction ongoing.

Whitewashing the Wikipedia article to prevent anything negative from Ahmaud Arbery from being mentioned, even on the talk page, but mentioning all the negative things they can about everyone else. Anything that interferes with the narrative they wish to portray, they aggressively attack.

Lying and claiming a shot was fired before any struggle, when the video clearly shows that the shot was clearly done when Arbery moved at one of the men to attack.