No charges filed in George Zimmerman's alleged gun threat against wife
Updated On: Sep 10 2013 08:42:21 AM EDT
No charges were filed against George Zimmerman on Monday as an investigation continues into whether he threatened his estranged wife with a gun, as she originally told Central Florida police.
Lake Mary police say they were called around 2:30 p.m. to the Sprucewood Road home owned by Shellie Zimmerman's parents, David and Machelle Dean.
According to Lake Mary Police Chief Steve Bracknell, Shellie Zimmerman called 911 claiming George Zimmerman had a gun and was making threats.
"He’s in his car and he continually has his hand on his gun and he keeps saying, 'Step closer,' and he’s just threatening all of us," Shellie Zimmerman said in the 911 call, adding that George Zimmerman was "trying to shut the garage door" on her.
The 911 call was placed after an apparent shoving match between Shellie's father and her estranged husband. They crossed paths while moving things out of their home.
"He punched my dad in the nose, my dad has a mark on the nose. I saw his glasses were on the floor," Shellie Zimmerman said in the call. "He then accosted my father, then took my iPad out of my hands. He then smashed it and cut it with a pocketknife, and there is a Lake Mary city worker across the street that I believe saw all of it."
Hours later, Shellie Zimmerman changed her story and said she never saw a firearm, according to Bracknell. 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.
Shellie Zimmerman and her father left the home just after 4 p.m. George Zimmerman was spotted by Local 6 news helicopter Sky 6 standing outside of the home with police, wearing a flannel shirt and baseball cap.
George Zimmerman cooperated with police and was calm, according to police. He told investigators that his estranged wife was the aggressor in the conflict.
No arrests were made and George Zimmerman was "no longer in investigative detention," according to police, who investigated the incident as a domestic battery and have retrieved home surveillance videos from David Dean. If evidence is found that a crime occurred, charges could be filed later.
Former Local 6 legal analyst Mark O'Mara, who represented George Zimmerman in his murder trial, said that the argument on Monday stemmed over Shellie moving. George Zimmerman wanted to move on Monday and emotions "bubbled" over when he walked in on Shellie Zimmerman still moving, O'Mara said.
O'Mara also said that George Zimmerman didn't threaten Shellie Zimmerman or her father with a gun, even though Shellie Zimmerman told 911 dispatchers he did. O'Mara said George did have his gun, but that it was holstered under his shirt and stayed there the whole time.
"Look, I think everybody got a little bit out of hand," O'Mara said. "There may have been some pushing and touching. That happens a lot in divorce situations. Silly stuff like pots and pans and dishes get so emotionalized that it overflows."
O'Mara says that George Zimmerman never punched his father-in-law, despite what Shellie Zimmerman said in her 911 call.
"I don’t know what he’s capable of," Shellie Zimmerman told dispatchers, while sobbing. "I’m really scared."
"Nobody saw a gun," said Officer Zach Hudson. "We did not find a gun on his body. We did not find a gun in the house. As of right now, there is no gun."
In the 911 call, Shellie Zimmerman tells her dad to "get behind the car or something -- I don't know if he's going to start shooting at us or something." She also said her father said he "feels like he's going to have a heart attack."
The incident came days after Shellie Zimmerman filed for divorce and discussed her relationship with George Zimmerman during a TV interview.
George Zimmerman is still legally allowed to carry a weapon.
Since being acquitted in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman has been pulled over twice for speeding.
Lake Mary is located about 20 miles north of Orlando and 5 miles southwest of Sanford, where Zimmerman fatally shot Martin.
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