In 2013, then 19-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, who was not a student at the school where the incident occurred, brought a loaded gun to a high school basketball game. And one of the suspects now charged in his death was involved in the subsequent investigation.
A quick acting police officer in Brunswick stopped a teenager with a loaded gun from entering a high school basketball game Tuesday night.
Police arrested 19-year-old Ahmaud Marquez Avery[sic] (pictured below), who is not a student at Brunswick.
“The man ran through the parking lot. I tried to get him to stop as well. He would not stop for us,” said Glynn County Schools Chief of Police, Rod Ellis. “We ended up chasing him to the back of the school were other officers helped us apprehend him.”
Ellis said the .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun slipped out of the teen’s pants.
A parent, who did not want to be identified, told Channel 4 he saw the gun as he was about to enter the school gym. He said police were everywhere.
“They were trying to keep everyone calm and away from the gun that was on the ground. They wouldn’t let anyone in or out of the gym,” said the parent.
The basketball game continued without interruption while police arrested Avery.
“The main thing is we stopped him from getting into the event,” Ellis said. “We don’t know what his intentions were but you know it’s never a good combination when you bring a weapon to a school event clearly when it’s posted that you can’t.”
At Friday night’s basketball game, Chief Ellis said they added more officers and from now on, every person will be scanned with a metal detecting wand.
Police said Avery[sic] is out of jail on bond.
Two of the police officers suffered injuries. One has been treated for a fractured hand.
Waycross Judicial Circuit District Attorney George Barnhill revealed Greg McMichael’s ties to the victim in a letter recusing himself from the case — because his own son had a connection to Arbery, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
McMichael, 64, a former Glynn County cop who worked as an investigator in the Brunswick DA’s office, helped prosecute Arbery in the past, Barnhill said.
When Arbery, 25, was in high school, he was sentenced to five years’ probation as a first offender on charges of carrying a weapon on campus, and several counts of obstructing a law enforcement officer, the paper reported.
[As seen, Arbery was not a student at the school.]
In 2018, he was convicted of a probation violation after he was charged with shoplifting, according to court documents obtained by the outlet.
McMichael, who retired from the DA’s office in April 2019, never referenced his work on that probe to cops, according to the report. The DA learned about the ties “three or four weeks” earlier, he said.
McMichael claimed to cops he recognized Arbery from surveillance video capturing a recent burglary in his mostly white neighborhood — and that he intended to make a citizen’s arrest, the paper reported.
Before recusing himself, Barnhill wrote that his office did “not see grounds for an arrest” of Greg and his son, Travis McMichael, 34, according to WJXT.
“It appears Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael and [neighbor] William Bryan were following in hot pursuit of a burglary suspect with solid first-hand probable cause,” Barnhill wrote in a letter to Glynn County police Capt. Tom Jump. “Arbery initiated the fight. … At that point, Arbery grabbed the shotgun (that Travis McMichael was holding). Under Georgia law, McMichael was allowed to use deadly force to protect himself.”
Investigators have not provided any proof that Arbery was responsible for any burglaries, according to the report.