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The man who fatally shot Ahmaud Arbury describes the encounter “life or death”

Travis McMichael, the man who shot Ahmaud Arbury after chasing him through suburbs of Georgia, testified in his defense on Wednesday, arguing that pointing a gun at Mr. Arbury was an attempt to “de-escalate” the situation. A tactic he says he learned during his training in the use of force while serving with the US Coast Guard.

“If you point a gun at someone from what I learned in my training, it usually tells people to back down,” said Mr. McMichael, describing this as “forced submission.”

McMichael, 35, is one of three white defendants charged with the murder of Mr. Arbury. Together with his father Gregory McMichael and their neighbor William Brian, he is accused of stalking Mr. Arbury, a 25-year-old black, in two trucks through the Satilla Shores outside of Braunschweig. When Travis McMichael got out of his truck, he and Mr. Arbury fought over Mr. McMichael’s shotgun.

Mr. McMichael described this encounter as a “life or death” situation and said that he suspected that Mr. Arbury was a burglar who was potentially armed. No evidence was presented that Mr. Arbury was carrying a weapon.

Mr. McMichael said that when he finally pulled the trigger, Mr. Arbury overpowered him.

“I fired again because I was still fighting,” he said. “He was all around me, he was still in that shotgun, and he didn’t relent.”

After the third shot, according to the video, Mr. Arbury fell.

“I was shocked,” said Mr. McMichael.

He described this meeting as “the most traumatic experience of my life.”

When asked by his lawyer if he had left the house that day, intending to kill Mr. Arbury, he replied: “I did not do that.”

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The defense team argued that the men suspected Mr. Arbury of a series of local break-ins. He was seen several times on video from a video surveillance camera in a nearby building under construction.

Mr. McMichael described an area that was becoming more and more nervous about what he called “resilient” crime. He said the “typical small town” community was caught up in burglaries and burglaries. Cars were hacked, including his own truck. According to him, belongings were stolen, including his pistol and a neighbor’s trailer.

“It was continuous,” he said. “Every couple of months you hear something else, something else.”

When Mr. Arbury was seen running around the neighborhood on the afternoon of February 23, 2020, the men chased him – a decision that prosecutors described as based on flimsy assumptions about Mr. Arbury and his presence in Satilla Shores.

“He was angry,” said Mr. McMichael. “Which made me think something was wrong. This is not what I expected. “

He continued, “This guy is clearly something is wrong. He seems dangerous to me. “

Towards the end of his testimony, Mr. McMichael described the moment when he realized that Mr. Arbury had died.

“I got up and realized that I had a gun here and that he passed away and the police are at the scene,” McMichael said, his voice breaking as he approached tears. “So I walked over to the side and put down the shotgun. After that everything was like a fog. “

Mr. McMichael is expected to return to the testimony on Thursday morning.

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