Former Georgia Cop and Son Arrested on Murder Charges for Killing Ahmaud Arbery

Carlos Miller

The arrests came after the video went viral.

They would have gotten away with murdering Ahmaud Arbery had it not been for the video that was leaked this week, showing the former cop and his son confront the 25-year-old black man as he was jogging before they shot him to death in the middle of a residential street.

But now Gregory and Travis McMichael are sitting in the county jail on murder charges.

Before the video surfaced, the district attorney claimed they acted in self defense when they chased down the jogger and killed him, accusing him of burglarizing homes, even though there is no evidence to support that. The video, in fact, shows Arbery was the one trying to defend himself when the elder McMichael stepped into the street wielding a shotgun, ordering him to stop.

Greg McMichael spent seven years as a Glynn County police officer before spending two decades working as an investigator with the Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office, retiring on May 31, 2019, according to the Brunswick News.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation made the arrests, stating the following in a press release:

On May 7th, 2020, the GBI arrested Gregory McMichael, age 64, and Travis McMichael, age 34, for the death of Ahmaud Arbery. They were both charged with murder and aggravated assault. The McMichaels were taken into custody and will be booked into the Glynn County Jail.

On February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Arbery was in the Satilla Shores neighborhood in Brunswick, GA when both Gregory and Travis McMichael confronted Arbery with two firearms. During the encounter, Travis McMichael shot and killed Arbery.

This case is being investigated in partnership with District Attorney Tom Durden.

On May 5th, 2020, District Attorney Tom Durden formally requested the GBI investigate the death of Ahmaud Arbery. The Kingsland Office initiated an investigation on May 6th, 2020.

On April 29th, 2020, the Glynn County Police Department (GCPD) requested that the GBI investigate allegations of threats against GCPD and individuals involved in the active investigation.

On the morning of May 5th, 2020, GCPD requested the GBI investigate the public release of video related to Arbery’s death.

These investigations are all active and ongoing. If anyone has information related to these cases, please contact the GBI at 1-800-597-TIPS (8477).

A review of reported burglaries in the area came up with only one incident, a stolen handgun from McMichael's truck on January 1, according to The Brunswick News.

Only one burglary, an automobile burglary, was reported to county police in the Satilla Shores neighborhood between Jan. 1 and Feb. 23, according to documents obtained by The News in a public records request to the Glynn County Police Department. It involved a Smith & Wesson M&P 9 mm pistol stolen Jan. 1 from a pickup truck outside 230 Satilla Drive, the home of Travis McMichael, according to the police report.

Gregory McMichael moved the 2011 Ford F-150 from one spot to another in front of the home at around 9:30 a.m. Jan. 1, forgetting to lock it afterward, Travis McMichael told police. About an hour later, Travis McMichael found the handgun’s empty holster on the unlocked truck’s seat, the report said.

The man who recorded it is named William "Roddy" Bryan. He gave the video to a defense attorney named Alan Tucker, who was the one who leaked it, according to First Coast News.

Alan Tucker, a Brunswick defense attorney says he obtained the video from a neighbor who was following Arbery. Tucker says he wanted to release it to show the public what exactly happened that day.

In the video, you see Arbery running down the street. Neighborhood residents Greg McMichael and Travis McMichael are seen waiting for Arbery in the truck.

Arbery appears to run around the truck soon after. Travis McMichael fires his shotgun and Arbery is killed, the attorney alleges.

According to a police report of the incident, Greg McMichael told police he and his son Travis got in the truck with guns to follow Arbery.

The police report goes onto confirm that Travis McMichael and Arbery got into an altercation over McMichael's gun, at which point shots were fired.

A prosecutor overseeing the case who recused himself says shooter, Travis McMichael’s actions were justified under Georgia’s self-defense and citizen’s arrest laws.

A witness sent the above photo to News 4 Jax showing the pair getting arrested. Check out more photos of the arrest here. Watch the video of the shooting below.

Comments (27)

Holy SHIT your assessment is stupid. Open carry isn't brandishing. There are two words because there is a distinction between them. Do you understand that distinction or does your confirmation bias cause you to disregard such information..?

Open carry doesn't mean someone can run up and assault you. And when someone assaults you and is grabbing a firearm -- a firearm that was never pointed at him previously ... it then must be regarded as though he is partially armed.

There is an angle from which there's MINOR risk of liability ... but it's tenuous and provided he doesn't butcher his defense it will be classified as self defense.

Did you know the idiot had stolen their gun before?

Do you actually know whether the guy perhaps... YANKED the shotgun..? Because if you yank a shotgun and someone's holding it "like a gun" there's a fair chance you'll actually kill yourself.

And the "culprit" in your mind are the people who were following him as they called and waited for police ... and when the sweet misunderstood felon (yeah, the cop had arrested him previously BTW) charged his son and started punching him in the head ... you're thinking that's "reasonable conduct if someone is in possession of a firearm" ... which isn't even POINTED at him!?

Seriously. You MUST be black. Because you see this with massive confirmation bias.

I don't give a shit what color the guy was. Whether he were white or black ... I'd say his death was a result of his own proximal choices and actions; CASE CLOSED.

I doubt your concept of personal responsibility is so color-blind.


It takes a special kind of idiot to think these people are guilty from what you've seen in the video. The "Gentle Giant" (oops, wrong trope) The sweet little "JOGGER" who was breaking in to homes, and who'd ALREADY BEEN ARRESTED PREVIOUSLY by the former detective ... INDUCED the lethal confrontation by assaulting, and struggling for a deadly weapon. You IDIOTS don't even know what caused the trigger to be pulled technically. Did it go off because the "innocent man" was YANKING it from him..? And seriously -- you guys really don't know the stats;

Blacks commit 91% of all violent interracial crimes between blacks and whites. Had these two been seeking a chance to harm him, why would they wait until he charged them instead of just opening fire immediately..?

Did you know they'd already called the police and where trying to keep keep him in their site or custody until the police arrived..?

It's as if this entire website attracts only idiots. Perhaps people who's average IQ is '85' ..? And who have confirmation bias..?


I had a run in with a police officer going through Richmond Ga. He falsely charged me for speeding because they dont have to show me the meter according to the officer it's the law he said then I say so yall can charge people whatever yall want and his reapons was yes and I'm go get away with it. I said I hope ur vody camera got that. He took out 3 metal objects and banged them throughout the car and I said what you doing distorting the sounds and he said yea.


I’m sorry young black man I stand with you 😭😭😭😭


Work this backwards:

Suspect shot
Suspect was grabbing gun
Suspect was engaged physically with shooter
Suspect was shot at
Suspect was ran toward shooter
Suspect was approached by shooter brandishing firearm(pointed at suspect? unkown)

Is it permissible to use force against someone brandishing a firearm while approaching you? If yes, then the shooter began the engagement and is legally liable.

If no then the suspect could have been perceived as approaching the shooter with intent to harm. At that point the suspect could be perceived as a threat of bodily harm and the shooter can defend himself. Georgia may not allow using deadly force against an unarmed assailant and as such the shooter would be legally liable even though the suspect attacked first.

Either way, this is not how you should go about responding to property theft.


Betcha the will be found NOT guilty, trial will take yrs, hoping people will forget. F.T.P. E..T..H


about time! even with blue lies mafia privilege ex-piggy will die in prison!
had this video not get leaked out, this would have been swept under the rug! and some people wonder why cops don't like cameras pointed at them......


Great job but it's not over! These two fucks need to get the chair! Fuck that one innocent life for two fucked up guilty bitches! Rot in hell


listen to the video the person following him needs to be arrested as well you can hear a firearm being racked when the camera falls to the right. How did he know to follow him and start recording way back there?


This shit here was just fucked up ..they new tht young man wasn't no damn burglar who the hell they think they TELLING tht bullshit too 🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬 but I'm glad asf they got they asses ..yeahhhhhhhh 💯💯💯💯💯💯

Chrome Dome
Chrome Dome

Well it’s about time, and if those two guys were black men that ran down a white man jogging and murdered him the same exact way they’d been locked up under the jail without bail.😡😎

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