The investigation into the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia, is expanding. Yesterday, father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael were arrested and charged with murder for the killing of Arbery. Now, a neighbor of who recorded a widely circulated video of the shooting is also being investigated, NBC News reports, citing local authorities.
Arbery was shot to death while he was jogging on February 23 after being chased by Gregory McMichael, 64, and Travis, 34, in their pickup truck.
The McMichaels have claimed they thought he was a burglar, and armed themselves because they believed Arbery might have a gun, the police report said. But police have not provided proof that Arbery ever participated in any burglary.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced the McMichaels were arrested on Thursday on charges of felony murder and aggravated assault. The agency’s director, Vic Reynolds, said at a news conference Friday that the neighbor, William Bryan, who recorded video of the incident, is also being investigated.
“We’re going to go wherever the evidence takes us,” Reynolds said. “Let’s say, hypothetically, if we believe tomorrow or in a week or three weeks there’s probable cause for an arrest, then we’ll do it. If we don’t believe there is, then we won’t,” he added, according to NBC News.
In the video of the shooting, Arbery is seen running down a road as a white pickup truck is stopped in front of him. Arbery runs around the vehicle, and a shot is fired. The video then shows Arbery and another man appearing to tussle as two more shots are fired.
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NEWS: Graphic video appears to show Ahmaud Arbery, 25 of GA., whose family says he was out for a run, confronted by 2 men who shot him dead saying they thought he was a burglar. A prosecutor wants a grand jury to decide whether the men should be charged. pic.twitter.com/kEYYJW7UlM
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