Man who recorded the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery has been arrested, GBI says

William "Roddie" Bryan Jr. the man who recorded the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery
William "Roddie" Bryan Jr. the man who recorded the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery (CNN)

(CNN) -- William "Roddie" Bryan Jr., the man who recorded the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in a neighborhood outside Brunswick, Georgia, has been arrested on suspicion of murder, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Thursday.

Bryan witnessed the deadly encounter between Travis McMichael and Arbery on February 23 from a vehicle behind a pickup that stopped in the road. Gregory McMichael, who was in the bed of the pickup during the shooting, told police that Bryan had tried to help them stop Arbery earlier, according to an incident report.

Kevin Gough, an attorney for Bryan who could not be reached Thursday, has said his client committed no crime, was no vigilante and would be the state's "star witness."

He told CNN last week that Bryan was working in his yard when he saw a person he did not know being chased by a vehicle he recognized from the neighborhood.

Bryan spoke to CNN's Chris Cuomo on May 11 and said he prays for the Arbery family every night.

He said of the video, "I hope that it, in the end, brings justice to the family and peace to the family."

The attorneys representing members of the Arbery family said they were relieved.

"We called for his arrest from the very beginning of this process," the family's attorneys S. Lee Merritt, Benjamin Crump, and L. Chris Stewart, said.