Police Ahmaud Arbery Shooting Video Shows Alleged Gunman's Dad Saying He 'Had No Choice'

A new police video from the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery shows the alleged gunman's father saying that Travis McMichael "had no choice."

The body camera video was obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution from the Glynn County Police Department in Georgia and shows the alleged shooter, Travis McMichael moments after Arbery was shot.

The video shows McMichael's father, Greg McMichael speaking to police after the alleged shooting and saying "[Travis] had had no choice, man." According to the Journal-Constitution, Greg McMichael is a retired investigator with the Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office and the video shows him being known by many of the officers that arrived to the scene.

Meanwhile, shortly after his previous comments, the elder McMichael can be heard saying, "To be a honest with you, if I could've shot the guy, I would've shot him myself."

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A mural depicting Ahmaud Arbery on July 17 in Brunswick, Georgia. Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael, and William 'Roddie' Bryan appeared before a judge for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. Sean Rayford/Getty

The video also shows the alleged shooter speaking to police following the incident, and tells one officer that it was the "last thing I ever wanted to do in my life," and noted that "if he had stopped this wouldn't have happened."

The video comes several months after the McMichaels and a neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan, were charged with the murder of Arbery. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) took over the case after a video of the incident, which was captured on Bryan's phone, was released by a local radio station.

The alleged shooting occurred in February, when Arbery was seen by McMichael and his father jogging through Brunswick, Georgia. During a preliminary hearing regarding the criminal case in June, GBI Investigator Richard Dial explained that the two men told investigators that believed Arbery was involved in a burglary that happened in the neighborhood, which prompted them to chase Arbery down in their pickup truck.

While being followed by the McMichaels, Arbery ran toward the Satilla Shores neighborhood, where the McMichaels lived, but they forced him to turn back. And during the preliminary hearings, Dial noted that while running back through the neighborhood, Bryan struck Arbery with his vehicle. Arbery was then allegedly shot twice by Travis McMichael, according to a police report from the Glynn County Police Department.

In the video obtained by the Journal-Constitution, the elder McMichael can be heard saying, "He starts running past us. Travis backs up. The guy is looking dead at us. Travis gets out, with the shotgun."

"The guy turns and comes at him," Greg McMichael tells police in the video, "and they start wrestling and Travis shoots him right in the damn chest. The guy was trying to take the shotgun away from him."

Last month, Judge Timothy Walmsley, denied the McMichael's petition for bail, saying that they had no way of knowing if Arbery was involved in the burglaries they suspected.

"And that somehow resulted in individuals thinking it was appropriate to block that individual's path of travel, shoulder a firearm in order to get him to stop," Walmsley said, according to the Journal-Constitution.

Both McMichaels, as well as Bryan, are currently in Glynn County Jail as they await trial.

Newsweek reached out to the Glynn County Police Department but did not receive a response in time for publication. The GBI declined to comment on this matter as it is currently an open case in the courts.