Ahmaud Arbery's Killed By 3 Shots


Ahmaud Arbery died from 3 shotgun wounds.

The Glynn County Coroner conducted the autopsy the day after Ahmaud's death. Ahmaud died from 2 close-range shotgun blasts in his chest, and x-rays showed 2 separate groups of buckshot pellets. He also had a graze wound on his right wrist, which confirms Ahmaud was hit by all 3.

The coroner, Edmund Donoghue, noted cause of death was "multiple shotgun wounds" ... and described the manner of death as "homicide."

Tests also showed Ahmaud had no alcohol or drugs in his system.

Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael were each charged with murder and aggravated assault and booked, where the killing took place.

The details of Mr. Arbery’s killing and the fact that no one had been arrested since it happened led to a wave of outrage nationwide. Those sentiments surged with the release of a graphic video that showed Ahmaud running toward a truck, engaging in a struggle with a man holding a shotgun, and then falling to the ground.

It was Travis McMichael who shot and killed Mr. Arbery on Feb. 23.

A 911 call from that day was also released. In the call, you can hear who appears to be Gregory McMichael talking to a dispatcher, saying, "He's running right now. There he goes right now."

Arbery was killed in Satilla Shores, a quiet middle-class enclave about 15 minutes from downtown Brunswick and a short jog from Arbery’s neighborhood. His friends and family have said they believed that Arbery, who was wearing a white T-shirt, khaki shorts, Nike sneakers and a bandanna when he was killed, had been out exercising.

The McMichaels had grabbed two guns and followed Mr. Arbery in a truck after he ran past them. Gregory McMichael later told the police that Arbery looked like the suspect in a string of nearby break-ins.

The video of the shooting, taken from inside a vehicle, shows Ahmaud running along a shaded two-lane residential road when he comes upon a white truck, with a man standing beside its open driver’s-side door. Another man is in the bed of the pickup. Ahmaud runs around the truck and disappears briefly from view. Muffled shouting can be heard before Arbery emerges, tussling with the man outside the truck as three shotgun blasts echo.

The case is the latest in the United States to raise concerns about racial inequities in the justice system. A Georgia prosecutor who had the case for weeks before recusing himself over a conflict of interest had advised the Glynn County Police Department that there was “insufficient probable cause” to issue arrest warrants for the McMichaels.

The prosecutor, George E. Barnhill of Georgia’s Waycross Judicial Circuit, noted that the McMichaels were carrying weapons legally under Georgia law citing the state’s citizen’s arrest and self defene statute.

Barnhill argued that Arbery, had initiated the fight with McMichael, and was thus “allowed to use deadly force to protect himself.”

The case was next assigned to DA, Tom Durden. Amid rising anger, criticism and national attention, Durden announced that he would ask a Glynn County grand jury to decide whether charges were warranted. He also asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to get involved.

Gregory McMichael is a former officer with the Glynn County Police Department, and until his retirement last year, he spent many years as an investigator in the local district attorney’s office.

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