Arbery, 25, was running through a South Georgia neighborhood about 1 p.m. on a Sunday in late February. According to police reports, the McMichaels, both white men, said they believed he looked like a suspect in a string of robberies. They reportedly grabbed their firearms, a .357 Magnum and a shotgun, pursued him in their truck, confronting him in the street.
An altercation broke out before Travis McMichael shot and killed Arbery, police said.
Graphic cellphone footage surfaced last week of the shooting, and The Guardian released audio recordings of two 911 calls that showed dispatchers responding to reports of a man, believed to be Arbery, running in the neighborhood. In one clip, a man reports a “Black male running down the street,” prompting the dispatcher to ask what the person was “doing wrong.”
The New York Times reported last month that Arbery was an avid runner who was often seen jogging around the city where he lived.