George Zimmerman Can’t Stay Out of Trouble

By | September 9, 2013

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.”

26 thoughts on “George Zimmerman Can’t Stay Out of Trouble

  1. Linda K

    A few more evolving tidbits…

    GZ did not go to Shellie’s residence; she and her father came to the residence where George and Shellie had been living to remove some of her property; the residence is owned by Shellie’s father.

    After consulting with her attorney, Shellie stopped cooperating with investigators.

    Police confirm there was a gun “in the home” but played no part in the “incident” as Shellie alleged in the 911 call.

    [Source: HLN, FWIW]

    1. Dawn

      Thank you, Linda. Reading your comment & what Dr. KR wrote above, the 1st thought that came to mind was how similar this seems to the Trayvon Martin scenario. Gun drawn, yes -no. Words exchanged, threats, yes-no. He said, she said. Who said 1st. Oh my. What a group. But serious. But just think, the police showed up with more men & artillery than shock & awe…well, I imagine it was!

    2. Chris

      Mark O’ Mara (George seems to him keep busy) confirmed that George did in fact
      have a gun on him. (CNN Anderson Cooper)

    3. Chris

      Mark O’ Mara (George seems to keep him busy) confirmed that
      George did in fact have a gun on him. (CNN Anderson Cooper)

  2. sandy

    You say, ” After this latest incident, she might be more forthcoming about the true nature of George.” I say, let the whole truth come out, and then we can discuss it. You could be right, but I read a lot more into Shellie’s 911 call. Most of the things she said on the tape were to escalate her claims. “Step back Dad, we don’t know what he’s capable of” and “step back Dad, he may shoot us.” It’s my understanding there are surveillance cameras in that home. I hope so, because the only thing I’m gonna believe is my own eyes and ears. The news media has lied to us, they have chosen their words to put Zimmerman in the worst possible light. Shellie is doing the same thing. Saying he’s in his vehicle but trying to shut the garage door on her. Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t. But, when she says he’s sitting in his vehicle with his hand on his gun, it’s a little much. Obviously she didn’t see the gun, or she would have said so. It’s conjecture on her part. I’m sure his body guard and the “other” witness will have a lot to say about what happened. I think it speaks volumes that neither his wife nor his father-in-law filed charges. Why not? Is Shellie falsifying information again? Please, please let there be a video of what happened. I really want to know the truth, even if it means Zimmerman is a psychopath. Let’s prove this once and for all! Right now, I see Shellie as a woman that feels she didn’t get a fair deal while standing by her husband, and she’s pissed! Hell hath no fury………….

    1. Linda K

      Many years ago, I worked as a police dispatcher. I know what terror sounds like. Think of the 911 calls we heard from Nicole Brown Simpson and Amanda Berry and even Cindy Anthony. Those women were all terrified out of their minds. To my ears, Shellie came off like an angry, vindictive b-word.

      If, as HLN reported, Shellie stopped talking to investigators after a call to her attorney… well… it’s against the law to make a false police report. Not saying that’s what she did, but I am certainly skeptical of this whole thing.

      So yes, bring on the security cam footage!!

    2. GiGi

      I just don’t believe that is true. I think she was going to leave him and in fact stayed at her fathers the night before the murder of Trey. I believe she had enough of him way back then. I don’t think she was just saying things for the 911 operator. If he had the audacity to punch her dad in the nose and wreck her Ipad or phone which ever it was and using a pocket knife on it in front of the family then the claim of waving the gun around threatening…I believe she/they were fearful. Before she filed for divorce she should have gotten a restraining order and both delivered at the same time. His propensity for not following the rules/law is known and this is certainly not the first domestic dispute with Geo. As for psychopath I decided a long time ago that he was. They should have pressed charges. That may come back to bite them for not doing so. It’s always good to have documentation/paper trail. She and now her father are not safe.

  3. Chris

    Ay Caramba! These two adults need to step back, and seriously take
    a good hard look at how they are both making a difficult situation worse.
    Now on top of everything else, their personal problems and upcoming divorce
    will become a media spectacle if they both don’t drop out of public view.
    overturned car,speeding tickets, gun factory, guilty of perjury,divorce,
    911 called. Both lawyers are on speed-dial. Both need to get their sh*t
    together.

  4. Don Osborne

    I ask again why this coward, bully and total menace is permitted to carry a firearm.
    I fear it is only a matter of time before he uses it again on someone innocently going about their daily life.
    You’re on the money, as usual, Dr K. – his wife would know full well what he is capable of, and if there wasn’t real fear in her voice, there should have been.
    One thing I really do admire about Zimmerman is his bodyguard – I wouldn’t do that job for love nor money!

    1. GiGi

      Do we know who is paying for his body guard since he wasn’t able to pay for his security prior to and durning his trial? He loves the drama around him. Why wasn’t there a body guard on his road trips with him? He doesn’t need a body guard….he needs a psychaitrist while. Maybe while he is lying on the couch watching cartoons and eating twinkies would be a good place to start..

  5. Dawn

    The story evolves. It appears Zimmerman DID have a gun on him. Of course he would always carry a firearm…threats against him…& also to feel “powerful…& he has the right as a citizen “enforcer of the law.” Anyway, as for Shellie, it was upsetting last night to hear quite a few “talking heads”criticize her. They put the “victim” as responsible for the 911 call: She wants to write a book, she is also sick, she is upset by the divorce, she is a woman “scorned” by George’s *new girlfriend, she is a liar as convicted of perjury, etc., etc… I feel she was in the right to call 911. Just the facts add up. Her ipad cut w/knife. Her father w/cut nose. Just maybe, maybe, George was threatening. Lastly, she was the one to really know he ALWAYS carried a gun. Knowing someone was angry, mentally unstable, is enough for me to fear, big time, & call 911. BTW, what a scum to bring his girlfriend, who was living w/George in Shellie’s father’s home. But these things DO happen in a divorce…especially w/ a narcissistic sociopath.

  6. Linda K

    More to the story…

    “We didn’t find a gun,” Lake Mary police spokesman Zach Hudson said late Monday night. “We didn’t find anything that indicated he had a gun on his person.”

    O’Mara says his client never punched Shellie’s father or threatened anyone with a gun.

    But for the time being, “domestic violence can’t be invoked because she has changed her story and says she didn’t see a firearm,” Bracknell said.

    Another intriguing tidbit is that Shellie “has asked that her husband pay for a permanent life insurance policy with her named as the beneficiary.” Hmmm. Who did you say was selfish, Shellie?

    [Source: "George Zimmerman released after incident involving estranged wife" - Latest web update from FNC.]

    1. Linda K

      I neglected to note that the above FNC story was attributed to the Associated Press. Below are snippets attributed to Reuters as posted by the Chicago Tribune:

      Lake Mary PIO Hudson is quoted in the AP article as saying there was no gun. Reuters only quotes him as follows:

      “There was an altercation and one party put their hands on another party,” Hudson added. “We’re still trying to figure out who touched whom.”

      There was no mention in the article that Zimmerman was not carrying a gun but, instead, Reuters reports this:

      O’Mara confirmed Zimmerman had his gun on him. “He was armed … He put his hand (on the gun) to make sure it was holstered,” he said. “He knows how to carry responsibly.”

      Police initially took away Zimmerman’s gun, but O’Mara said it was later returned to his client.

      Shellie Zimmerman’s lawyer was also at the scene but did not return calls seeking comment.

      I have no idea what to make of this (it kind of cuts both ways):

      John Donnelly, a family friend who testified in George Zimmerman’s defense at trial, said that Shellie was “devastated” when her husband “just packed up and left” after his acquittal.

      Shellie had lost touch with him and had grown increasingly upset, Donnelly said.

      [Source: "George Zimmerman's wife won't press charges despite threat accusation"]

    2. NERN

      It appears that the relationship between GZ and SZ is complicated and to a large degree, very unhealthy.
      I believe one or both are using his “fame” – and I use this term loosely – for their own gain. Of course the media is going to react, as is the general public. with anything that has to do with the Zimmerman name.
      How this works to either of their advantage, I have no idea, but it is a sick and dangerous game they seem to be playing.

      1. Linda K

        Zach Hudson, in tonight’s police news conference, again tells reporters no gun was found but admits officers had no probable cause to search GZ’s vehicle, leaving us to speculate his gun (that O’Mara said he had) was in the truck somewhere.

        Hudson also said the security camera footage has been examined and was inconclusive. He expects forensic examination of the iPad hard drive to be completed by tomorrow; he’s confident they can recover the video from it.

        1. NERN

          In my humble opinion, I believe that GZ is doomed.

          I also believe that his marriage was in trouble long before GZ was found not guilty. Now, it is in the forefront with the thought of some kind of personal gain by keeping it in the news.

          Yes, GZ has a very checkered past. Yes, the court of public opinion has him tried and wrongly not convicted. But the court of law has disagreed and he is a free man. Yes, he is still making very bad decisions and either not heeding good advice or acting wantonly on his own.

          Should one be cognizant of his behaviour – absolutely BUT – where is the truth when no charges are filed by SZ as she parades in front of the cameras with her lawyer? If one is afraid, has public backing and even calls the police because of this and then no charges are filed – pleeease explain that to me.

          Theirs’ is a messy situation now being played out in the media and for the public. WHY?

  7. Maria Cristina Santana, JD

    Here’s the story explaining civilians don’t press charges in domestic abuse only the authorities. If the ipad shows the confrontation or its destruction, one or both may be charged. I love that Mark OMara today said publicly to Zimmerman, “Pay me.” He’s been living on money given to him by donations, even has a new truck, and O’Mara wants his money. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/trayvon-martin/os-george-zimmerman-update-wife-threats-20130910,0,918190.story

    1. GiGi

      Fla has some odd laws. Where I am if there is DV the person can press charges and often when the person/victim declines for whatever reason the state can. I believe this came about because women often were afraid to do anything.

  8. GiGi

    I don’t know about other places but in my area police do not always respond to calls and in fact if they do it can be sometimes more than a couple hours unless the called says the person has a weapon in which case they show up fairly quickly. Could be like that in Fla and maybe that is why Shellie mentioned it. Could be she is really afraid of him. So many on the net thinks because she lied for him that she will always lie. I can’t fault her for leaving him and trying to get her life back. Any woman that wants to get away from a bad situation deserves support. As for her being selfish re the insurance I’m on the fence with that. She obviously knows Georgie has been in trouble before and with his poor decision making will be again. She see’s the writing on the wall. She can also expect his family to fight it if she becomes beneficiary to anything. Just my opinion.

  9. Tracy

    I truly believe George is a ticking time bomb, it’s just a matter of time before someone gets hurt or ends up in the morgue…. again.

    I find it very telling that Mark O’Mara has withdrawn as counsel for George. He can’t reign him in, he can’t get paid and he’s being made a fool of having to make excuses for him repeatedly.

    Of course George had a gun, it’s his best friend, it goes everywhere with him. If it wasn’t on him when cops arrived, it was in the glove compartment of his car.

    Just a thought: “If” George punched Shellie’s father in the nose, would that have justified the father shooting George, possibly killing him? Hmmm. according to George’s defense, it would have been justified.

    Maybe the Ipad will uncover the true story.

  10. Observer

    I am not surprised George Zimmerman is involved in another act of violence but I am surprised he wasn’t charged. The fact Shellie told 911 he assaulted her father and threatened to shoot her and he smashed the IPad to destroy evidence and was caught at the scene should be evidence enough to charge him. Victims of domestic violence often recant their statements because they are afraid of the perpetrator but they usually still arrest them anyway when they are caught at the scene.

    I believe Shellie has a reason to be afraid of him. Zimmerman has a violent history with a domestic violence altercation with an ex girlfriend, assaulting a police officer and shooting Trayvon Martin. He got away with murder so he feels invincible as long as he is toting a gun. Shellie and her father might have declined to press charges because they are afraid of George but the police can still arrest him if the surveillance videos show he was the aggressor and if the police officer saw injuries to Shellie’s father’s nose. The fact that George smashed Shellie’s Ipad when she was video taping him indicates to me that he is violent and was destroying evidence of him attacking her and her father.

  11. Linda K

    Slightly off topic…

    Dr. Shiping Bao, the M.E. who testified in the Zimmerman trial, was fired after the trial. He’s suing for wrongful termination in the amount of $100,000,000.

    What are the odds…

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