George Zimmerman not only can’t stay out of the news, he can’t stay out of trouble. Details about this latest incident are evolving. News reports say that he punched his father-in-law in the nose and threatened to shoot his estranged wife, Shellie Zimmerman.
Shellie called 911 today to report that her husband had assaulted her father. She said that George was waving a gun around and threatening her relatives.
The authorities took the domestic call “extremely seriously” and sent eight units. Officers arrived with tactical gear including ballistic shields.
The 911 call has been released (listen above). She told the dispatcher that her husband was in a rage and that “he continually has his hand on his gun and he says step closer…” to which the dispatcher asks “step closer and what?”
Shellie responds “a step closer and he’d shoot us… I don’t know what he’s capable of. I am really, really scared.”
When police arrived Shellie was heard on the phone saying, “Dad, get behind a car or something. I don’t know if he’s going to start shooting at us or not.”
George Zimmerman was not charged and is not being detained.
After consulting attorneys, Shellie and her father decided against pressing charges.
Some reports have indicated that George Zimmerman told police that “he was acting in a defensive manner and did not have his hand on a gun.”
The story is being continuously updated and like any on-going news event, some of the early facts may be inaccurate.
Surely there is more to this story. When the dust settles, I believe we will hear much more about George Zimmerman from Shellie Zimmerman. After this latest incident, she might be more forthcoming about the true nature of George Zimmerman.
5:40 PM EST update: Chief Bracknell said the following, referring to Zimmerman:
“The guy just can’t stay out of the news…You’d think he’d get the heck out of Dodge. Because of Shellie’s “flip-flopping…there was not enough to affect an arrest unfortunately…It’s smoke, smoke, smoke. Is there a fire somewhere? Lord knows.”
When asked if he would feel safe with Zimmerman as his next door neighbor, Chief Bracknell did not equivocate:
“…I would not want to be the neighbor of George Zimmerman.”