George Zimmerman Punched at Restaurant, Reports Say
George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer, was reportedly punched for allegedly bragging about the death of Trayvon Martin.
The incident occurred at a restaurant in Sanford, Florida, WFTV reported. The station obtained 911 calls made by Zimmerman. He and his friend called dispatchers after a man accusing him of bragging about shooting Martin punched him in the face.
According to the report, the 911 dispatcher told him: “What started the argument?”
Zimmerman said, “He recognized me. He told me he was going to kill me he told me he’d (expletive) shoot me and he punched me in the face.”
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Zimmerman told the 911 dispatcher that two men walked to him and one asked him if he was Zimmerman, and he explained he was the man who shot Martin.
Zimmerman also claimed he was telling people that he shot Martin in self-defense, WFTV reported. “You’re bragging about that?” Zimmerman claimed the man told him before he allegedly punched him.
Zimmerman told the dispatcher: “This man just punched me in the face.”
The dispatcher then said: “Is he still there?”
Zimmerman responded: “Yup. He said he’s going to kill me. You need to send like three or four cops.”
Gators Riverside restaurant witnesses told WFTV that Zimmerman was bragging about shooting Martin. “I love your tattoos. My name is George Zimmerman, you know, that guy who killed Trayvon Martin?” a witness told the station.
The owner of the restaurant, Ed Winters, said that Zimmerman and the man argued but no punches were thrown. They pushed and shoved one another, the Sentinel reported.
Winters told the Sentinel that he told Zimmerman not to come back to the restaurant after the incident. “Everywhere this guy goes he causes controversy,” Winters added. “You’d think he’d keep a low profile.”
Zimmerman shot and killed Martin in 2012. He was acquitted on murder charges in July 2013.