Before Ahmaud Arbery was shot and killed on a jog, three suspects engaged in an elaborate chase in which Arbery was struck by a truck, according to a Georgia Bureau of Investigations agent.
As Travis and Greg McMichael attempted to head him off, Arbery turned and ran past the truck of William Bryan, who filmed the killing, and Bryan struck Arbery with the side of his truck, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Richard Dial said.
Investigators found a swipe from a palm print on the rear door of Bryan’s truck, cotton fibers near the truck bed that “we attribute to contact with Mr. Arbery” and a dent below the fibers, he said.
Bryan’s attorney has contested the allegations that his client took part in the killing, but the investigator reported that Bryan had yelled out “Do you got him?” when he saw Greg and Travis McMichael chasing Arbery. Bryan then joined the chase.
Bryan “made several statements about trying to block him in and using his vehicle to try to stop him,” Dial said. “His statement was that Mr. Arbery kept jumping out of the way and moving around the bumper and actually running down into the ditch in an attempt to avoid his truck.”
The McMichaels then forced Arbery to turn back and into the path of Bryan, where he was struck and then continued running with the suspects in pursuit.
The Justice Department has launched a hate crime investigation into the case.
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