George Zimmerman Arrested? Wife and Wife’s Father Won’t Press Charges After He Threatened to Shoot Them

George and Shellie's stories differ as police report says that George was taking photos of his wife removing belongings from house

    George Zimmerman, right, is escorted to the home of Shellie Zimmerman's parents by a Lake Mary police officer on September 9 in Lake Mary, Florida. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    George Zimmerman likely won’t be arrested after he allegedly threatened his estranged wife Shellie and her father on September 9, but police say video from Shellie Zimmerman’s iPad could deliver evidence for charges.

    Although Shellie and her father declined to press charges against George after an altercation on September 10, police could still prosecute George if there’s enough evidence.

    Lake Mary Police Department spokesman Zach Hudson said Tuesday that the iPad captured video of the dispute, but the mobile device was in pieces and needed to be examined in a lab. But the video could take weeks or months to access video, reported the Orlando Sentinel.

    Meanwhile, George says that Shellie struck him in back; either could face domestic violence battery charge, according to the Orlando Sentinel. But no one will be arrested without video corroboration of what happened. A grainy video that emerged on Wednesday from the home’s security camera doesn’t show much.

    Shellie Zimmerman, who recently filed for divorce, says in a police report released Wednesday that Zimmerman showed up at the house while she was removing belongings, stuck his arm inside her father’s truck parked outside the house and then locked the front door to the house.

    Shellie Zimmerman says she recorded the dispute on her iPad before George Zimmerman smashed the device.

    George’s friend Wesley Robinson who was there on Monday told police that he stepped between Shellie’s father Dean and George when Dean went after George. After he let Dean loose, he went after George again. Robinson says his forearm accidentally hit Dean in the face during the altercation.

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    The situation in question happened on Monday. Shellie Zimmerman called police shortly after 2 p.m. to 300 Sprucewood Road, where her parents live, saying George threatened her with a gun.

    “We need police,” she said in the call. “He’s trying to shut the garage door on me. He’s in his car, and he continually has his hand on his gun, and he’s saying ‘step closer’ … and he’s going to shoot us. He punched my dad on my nose,  my dad has a mark on his face. I saw his glasses were on the floor. He accosted my father, and took my iPad out of my hands, and smashed and cut it with a pocketknife.” (listen to the full call here; see a video of police detaining Zimmerman below)

    Her dad “feels like he’s going to have a heart attack” and his nose may be broken, she said.

    Shellie recently filed for divorce from George.

    But after police arrived, Shellie and her father signed papers declining to press charges against George Zimmerman and there is no arrest forthcoming, Lake Mary Police Chief Steve Bracknell told reporters, according to Weiner. At the same time “We’re documenting the heck out of this thing” in case they change their mind, said Bracknell.

    Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, said his client never threatened his estranged wife and her father with a gun and never punched his father-in-law. Shellie Zimmerman had collected most of her belongings Saturday from the house, which is owned by her parents, where she and George had both been staying there until she moved out. She had returned unexpectedly Monday to gather the remaining items. Emotions got out of control, but neither side is filing charges against the other, O’Mara said.

    A dashcam video shows Zimmerman being detained. Story continues below video.

    “I know the 911 tape suggests that Shellie was saying something but I think that was heightened emotions,” O’Mara said. “There may have been some pushing and touching. That happens a lot in divorce situations … Nobody was injured.”

    There was no threat made with a gun, O’Mara said, adding that the fight between the two was a result of “heightened emotions.” O’Mara said Zimmerman had a gun but it was holstered under his shirt and stayed there the whole time.

    Hours after saying Zimmerman continually had his hand on a gun and was threatening her and her family, Shellie Zimmerman changed her story and said she never saw a firearm, said Lake Mary Police Chief Steve 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.

    “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.”

    “She [Shellie] basically said he made a movement that would be consistent with a movement someone would make if they had a gun,” Hudson added.

    Hudson said Zimmerman was released from investigative detention at around 6:30 p.m. and “he just walked back into the house.”

    “Right now he’s not a suspect in anything per se, but were still viewing the video and trying to ascertain what new information that may yield,” he said, referring to video from home surveillance cameras outside the house.

    Prosecutors could still build a case based on surveillance video from cameras outside the house and also video from the squad cars of officers who responded. Florida law allows police officers to arrest someone for domestic violence without the consent of the victim.

    Hudson said the estranged husband and wife were blaming each other for being the aggressor and that police officers were sorting through their accounts.

    Zimmerman was acquitted several months ago of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the killing of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, in a Florida neighborhood in 2012.

    He has been looking at purchasing a tactical shotgun and was also recently pulled over for speeding twice. The first time he had a gun in his glovebox.

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    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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    • New England Patriot

      First!

      • New England Patriot

        This guys history was no joke. He is not the softspoken creampuff he wanted everyone to believe he was at trial. He is confrontational, violent, and has no business running around this country with a gun. I wonder if Fox and Rush will be talking about this incident. Doubtful.

      • Hernandez’s Bitch

        f*****g idiot

      • HDNW

        Seriously, I’m ashamed to be from New England because of idiots like you.

    • Kelly McCosh Wosahla

      Oh, my! He’s innocent. jk

      • New England Patriot

        Hope that’s sarcasm. LOL

        • Kelly McCosh Wosahla

          well, yeah!

    • New England Patriot

      This dude’s history was no joke. He’s not the weak soft spoken little creampuff he wanted everyone to believe he was. He is confrontational, violent, and has no business running around with any guns. He’s also a murderer. I wonder if Fox and Rush will even acknowledge this incident. Doubtful.

      • savage_truth

        typical cop, just without a badge… which is funny because they don’t usually act like that until they get the badge.

      • preachy

        Hannity is sure to rush (no pun intended) to his defense.

      • leftists are delusional

        Yeah because getting punched and landing on the concrete can’t hurt you, and there is no need to defend yourself in that situation.

        That guy in New York who is brain dead from a single punch and landing on the pavement is all imaginary.

        newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/09/06/nypd-man-brain-dead-following-random-rampage-in-union-square/

      • David Atherton

        sounds to me like the typical future ex-wife exaggerating the facts to get the cops there in a hurry. She should be charged with giving false information to a police officer. After they got there, she decided that maybe he didn’t have a gun, after all. As a LEO, I saw many instances where one party in a domestic dispute (usually the wife) overstates the facts to make it look worse than it really is. In a real violent situation, its usually the male who is the instigator. However, as I learned from experience, the louder the female is yelling at the cops and trying to escalate the situation, the less credible she becomes.

        • karen_green

          Did you by any chance hear his lawyer saying he had a gun? Check it out. The attorney’s name is Mark O’Meara.

    • jmr012

      Let’s hope a kind hearted vigilante in the jail gives him a good shanking and rids the world of his presence.

      • New England Patriot

        Street justice will be done eventually. You’d think this dude would have moved out west, and got a nice little house somewhere on a farm or mountain.

        • Kabong30

          Pretty sure street justice already got done.

      • Kabong30

        Yup, that’s where we put all the “kind-hearted vigilantes” right? In jail?

    • Kabong30

      Maybe he was tried to recover some autographed items that someone else had?

      • New England Patriot

        OJ reference. Donno what this has to do with Zimmerman being a violent, confrontational murderer but ok.

        • WillyWonka22

          It’s not like OJ is a violent, confrontational murderer.

          • New England Patriot

            Nothing to do with Zimmerman. OJ rotting upstate so who cares. We’re talking about this little fake cop/murderer who has violent, confrontational tendencies.

            • Kabong30

              I’ll take “Intentionally Obtuse” for 1,000, Alex.

        • Kabong30

          I dunno, maybe they’ll have him try on some gloves and all will become clear to you?

    • leftists are delusional

      His future ex wife is pe-issed she got convicted on the perjury nonsense.

      • New England Patriot

        That’s what happens when you lie to a judge. She got what she deserved.

        • leftists are delusional

          Actually it rarely happens.

          And the hypocrisy of charging Zim’s wife when the prosecution tried to withhold evidence and presented at best a misleading affidavit to the court is immense.

          Liberal leaning, Harvard Law professor Allen Dershowitz on the special prosecutor, Angela Corey’s conduct in George’s case:

          “She submitted an affidavit that was, if not perjurious, completely misleading. She violated all kinds of rules of the profession, and her conduct bordered on criminal conduct.”

          Charging the Zim’s wife with perjury was a petty thing from a petty prosecutor.

    • Shlomo Shekelstein

      Really liberals? You’re after him again?

      Can’t flim flam the zim zam!

      • New England Patriot

        Nobody is after him. Seems like he was after his ex wife and father in law. Little man with a gun. He is digging his own grave.

        • draughnk

          I think he’s after himself.

        • HDNW

          Seriously? A man walks away from a high-profile case and the federal government TELLS the news that they’re trying to come up with some way to charge him, and a bunch of things mysteriously start to go wrong for him. SURELY this isn’t the effect of state harassment to punish Zimmerman for legally defending himself.

          • HerrinSchadenfreude

            Where’s the mystery, Scooby Doo? Please point out what’s mysterious about him being met by cops after pulling a gun on his wife? That her hoodie and Skittles vanished?

          • Sean Gray

            So, you are saying that the Federal government contacted his in-laws, told them to instigate a fight that will prompt Zimmerman to clutch his pistol and threaten them, take out a knife and punch his father-in-law in the face. You’re right, I need to become a conservative. The federal government IS way too powerful! Idiot!

        • xyz234

          “Little man with a gun.” No. Police found no gun. However, the fact that he is belligerent hothead is beyond dispute.

      • Rainlion

        what the hell are you babbling about… the incident occurred, it was reported. “after him again”? grow up

    • info warrior

      Why does this not surprise me.

    • jamal

      ZIMMERMAN DIN’ DO NUFFIN!

    • HDNW

      The feds and the state of Florida failed to subvert the justice system and prosecute this man for lawfully defending himself from a violent assault with intent to kill, and they aren’t the least bit happy that he walked despite it all. How braindead are you people? Do you seriously think that this man is a criminal? He had the entire mass media, the president’s bully pulpit, and his entire state stacked against him, and justice still prevailed. If there were a single exploitable hole in his defense, or any nebulous criminal element to the man’s history, then he would have been put away for a long time. Now, every manner of harassment and underhanded tactics is being used against him to punish him for defeating their attempts to jail him for the crime of defending himself from a black person. Can’t you see the writing on the wall? There are more black on white “flash mob” style assaults every day, and they are increasingly condoned by the state. However, defend yourself against one and be prepared to pay the state with your freedom, or your life. The legal precedent has already been set in many parts of Europe. It’s not legal to defend yourself from blacks there. Here in the states, whites and “white hispanics” suffer penalties two, three, or five times greater for the assault or murder of a black person compared to the opposite. Despite all this, seeing this gaggle of morons obviously upset about how Zimmerman hasn’t been put away for something petty and most likely contrived is really the icing on the cake. How are you idiots going to survive in this new order if you actively champion the decay of the justice system? What kind of world do you think your children and grandchildren will inherit if these trends continue?

      • HerrinSchadenfreude

        Hey “genius”? You’ve mistaken your reverse racism card for an Amex Centurion again. There isn’t a thing you just whined about that excuses him being at his wife’s house with a gun on her. Nor is there anything there explaining how this dood can be half as “benevolent” or intelligent as he was portrayed in court by his defense when he can’t seem to marshal the brainpower or the discretion to actually be stopped by a cop without a gun in his car.

        Nice try. The people you are whining about would be under the jail by now and you’d be on this same rant talking about what must be done with these “animals” for whom the only solution is a gun. Save it.

        • dipshit mcgee

          maybe zim-zam was really really stressed because, you know, half the country wants him dead and hes getting a divorce

          nah that cant be it

        • Poopshoot

          Did you read the story?? The headline is garbage….

          “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.”

          • bankanator

            Listen to the tape, facts don’t lie!

        • Dan

          First off, his wife recanted her story. Burden of proof was in her hands and she said he never pulled a gun. Secondly, that gun is probably the only thing that saved his life in his altercation with Martin. He’s not a convicted felon, so he has a right to carry. You make it sound like there’s some law against him carrying a weapon. I know if I faced the kind of stigma surrounding that case as he did, I’d be damn sure to carry a weapon in fear of my own life. Hell, I read stories about people being beaten to death ‘for Travyon!’ Imagine what some of those psychos want to do to the genuine George Zimmerman. Think you need to smell what you’re shoveling here, dude.

          • Jazmine Leigh

            George Zimmerman is GENUINE?!?! Hahahahahahahahahaha!!!

        • Christine Guinn

          1. Not his wife’s house, HIS house. His ex-wife was there to get her stuff.
          2. No evidence that he pointed a gun at anyone.
          3. Ex-wife recanted her allegations.
          4. If the federal government and the state of Florida had not tried to railroad him at the insistence of race hustlers like Sharpton and Jackson for simply defending himself, you wouldn’t even know his name or give a crap about his divorce.

    • vure

      So you keep tabs on his speeding tickets, but not how he saved that family in the van? Still as biased as ever…

    • Fangus Burn

      She probably had all of their assets moved and he just wanted to know where. Being they were divorcing it’s very likely that the family threw him out and he wanted his stuff back.

      • HerrinSchadenfreude

        Right right so he was Standing on Someone Else’s Ground. Or would it just be Standing Around His Stuff? Standing Around His Stuff On The Ground?

        Well I dunno – whichever one lets you pull a gun on people and beat up their ancient dads at some remote location over your Maxim collection and other belongings. Oh wait, isn’t that what OJ was doing? Where’s the outrage?

        • Dan

          You are completely rewriting facts to make this case make sense according to your warped sense of morality, which is pretty fucking amazing in it’s own right.

          “George’s friend Wesley Robinson who was there on Monday told police that he stepped between Shellie’s father Dean and George when Dean went after George. After he let Dean loose, he went after George again. Robinson says his forearm accidentally hit Dean in the face during the altercation.”

          TELL US WHAT YOU SEEN, MR SHADENFREUDE, THIS CASE NEEDS A NEW STAR WITNESS WHO CAN GET THE FACTS STRAIGHT.

    • HerrinSchadenfreude

      Yeah but she must have looked like an angry G on her Facebook page though, right?

    • ubuntuluser

      Lock his fat ass up.

    • E Dubs

      smh, Zimmerman was preparing to “Stand his Ground” against his wife and father in law

    • Mike hunt

      Just once I’d like to see the scummy LIBERAL MEDIA put the word “allegedly” in their title with regard to accusations against GZ. If your crooked politicians and scummy murderers and drug dealers are “alleged” to have committed a crime, I believe GZ earns that respect as well.

      Thank you,

      Conservative

    • Joyce Henderson

      For real? For real! Now, tell the truth. Did anyone think that George
      was gonna change his MO, like a Zebra can change his stripes. He is who
      he is, until someone take him out of his misery. He is on a collision
      course with his conclusion. He disregarded, lied, and played God. Now,
      he will play God, lie, and disregard and it will be his downfall. Keep
      his family lifted up in prayer… it is, what it is….

    • Katerwriter

      I’m saving some popcorn for the next round.

    • JBTascam

      George Zimmerman is probably suffering from PTSD. As such, he may not be fully in control of his faculties when exposed to emotional stress. A quick perusal of symptoms for PTSD includes irritability or outbursts of anger; difficulty in concentrating; hyper-vigilance; exaggerated startle response. He probably also suffers from depression brought on by the stress of the trial and continuing financial and legal worries. He probably should seek professional counseling if he has not already.

      • Jazmine Leigh

        Oh, he has faculties working for him now? Oh that’s right, neowannabeconservatives! They’re his faculties!

    • Kimdom

      “Florida law allows police officers to arrest someone for domestic violence without the consent of the victim.” … funny!
      I guess Fl law also allows police officers to work with a villain of street violence and harch a reason why he should not be arrested.

    • CHARLES

      ZIMMERMAN YOUR WIFE GONE,YOUR DOGS TOO AND YOUR LIFE SUCKS. WELL THE WIFE MESSED THAT ONE UP, NOT PRESSING CHARGES. I BET HE KILL THE FAMILY AND HIM SELF, SHE BLEW THIS CHANCE OF GETTING AWAY. HE HAS NOTHING TO LIVE FOR, BUT HIS CONCIOUS IS EATING HIM ALIVE…. LMFAO

    • Poopshoot

      “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.”

      • Jazmine Leigh

        It’s not like the cops raided the house or anything, so of course they didn’t find the gun.


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