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Georgia police on Thursday arrested a white father and son and charged them with murder in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man whose death in February had recently attracted widespread outrage.

Much of that anger has been focused on the fact that no charges had been brought against the father and son, Gregory and Travis McMichael, ages 64 and 34.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said that both men had been taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault in addition to murder. Travis McMichael fired the shot that killed Mr. Arbery, the state police agency said in a statement.



In recent days, details surrounding the circumstances of Mr. Arbery’s death on Feb. 23 — and the fact that no one had been arrested — prompted a wave of outrage and concern from figures as diverse as former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., the basketball star LeBron James and Russell Moore, a prominent leader of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Those sentiments surged on Tuesday with the release of a graphic video that showed a black man, apparently Mr. Arbery, running toward a truck, engaging in a struggle with a man holding a shotgun, and then falling to the ground after three shotgun blasts went off.

The Georgia authorities, in a news release, stated that it was Travis McMichael who shot and killed Mr. Arbery.