Father and Son Arrested for the Murder of Ahmaud Arbery, the Jogger Allegedly Chased Down and Shot

The 25-year-old's death has sparked outrage across the country

Ahmaud Arbery
Ahmaud Arbery. Photo: Facebook

A father and son who were allegedly caught on video shooting a jogger in Georgia have been arrested more than two months after the incident.

Gregory and Travis McMichael were both arrested by the Georgia Bureau Investigation and booked into the Glynn County Jail, the GBI announced Thursday. Both Gregory, 64, and Travis, 34, were charged with murder and aggravated assault.

Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was shot and killed in broad daylight on February 23 after being chased down a suburban neighborhood street in Brunswick. The McMichaels confronted Arbery with two firearms after they saw him exercising, and Travis fatally shot him, the GBI's release said.

The case received renewed attention this week when video footage surfaced of the murder, showing two men struggling as three gunshots ring out. Arbery tries to run away before falling to the ground.

A GBI investigation was not requested until May 5 by District Attorney Tom Durden after two other district attorneys recused themselves from the case. That same day, the Glynn County Police Department asked the GBI to look into the video of the shooting.

Attorneys for the McMichaels have not been identified, but Gregory previously told CBS News he had no comment while the case was under investigation.

Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, told Good Morning America on Thursday that she may never watch the gruesome footage.

"I don't think I'll ever be in a mental state where I can actually watch the video," she said. "I had others watch and share what they saw, and that was enough."

Arbery's death has sparked outrage across the country, with celebrities like LeBron James speaking out in support of the young jogger.

"We’re literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes!" the Los Angeles Lakers star wrote on Twitter Thursday. "Can’t even go for a damn jog man! Like WTF man are you kidding me?!?!?!?!?!?"

"No man fr ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!!" James continued, offering his condolences to Arbery's family. ""I’m sorry Ahmaud (Rest In Paradise) and my prayers and blessings sent to the..... heavens above to your family!!"

A virtual run has been set up to show support for Arbery on Friday, which would have been his 26th birthday. Organizers of the run are asking the public to do a 2.23-mile run, jog, or walk — the 2.23 commemorating the day he died. Those who participate are encouraged to post on social media with the hashtag #IRunWithMaud.

The investigation is still ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to contact the GBI at 1-800-597-TIPS (8477).

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