George Zimmerman Accused in Fla. Road Rage Incident

George Zimmerman, the acquitted shooter in the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, faces a Seminole circuit judge during a first-appearance hearing on charges including aggravated assault stemming from a fight with his girlfriend Nov. 19, 2013, in Sanford, Fla.
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Police in Lake Mary, Fla., are investigating an allegation that George Zimmerman threatened to kill a motorist during a road rage incident, CBS Miami reports.

A man who identified himself only as “Matt’ called police Tuesday to report that a truck pulled up alongside him and a passenger yelled, “Why are you pointing a finger at me?” the report says.


Lake Mary Police spokeswoman Bianca Gillett said that Matt immediately recognized the driver as Zimmerman. Matt said that Zimmerman asked, “Do you know who I am?” and threatened to kill him, according to CBS Miami. Zimmerman, 30, was acquitted in 2013 of a second-degree-murder charge in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, who was unarmed.

Matt told police that after the encounter, he pulled into the nearest gas station and called Lake Mary police, who later released a recording of the 911 call. The news station reports that Matt can be heard saying, “There was a passenger going, ‘Hey, what’s your problem? Why are you shaking your finger?’ I said, ‘Excuse me?’ … I looked over and it’s George Zimmerman who was the driver, and they were threatening to kick my [expletive] and to shoot me! I said, ‘What are you going to do? Shoot me?’”


The dispatcher then asks, “And you know this was George Zimmerman?” The man responds, according to the news station, “Oh, for a fact!” He told the dispatcher that Zimmerman did not show a gun.

Since his acquittal last summer in the death of Trayvon, Zimmerman has had several brushes with the law. One incident involved his estranged wife, Shellie Zimmerman, who told police that he had threatened her and her father. She declined to press charges. In another case, Zimmerman was arrested and accused of domestic violence by a girlfriend, who later recanted. Charges were dropped.

Read more at CBS Miami.

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