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Trayvon Martin Shooter George Zimmerman Questioned in Domestic Dispute Involving Gun


George Zimmerman, the Florida man who shot teenager Trayvon Martin dead in the name of self-defense, is being held for questioning in a domestic dispute with his estranged wife and her father, according to reports.

"As of right now, (George Zimmerman) has been placed in investigative detention," Lake Mary police spokesman Zach Hudson said according to CNN, which reported that Zimmerman had been threatening his father-in-law, Colin Morgan, with a gun.

Just two months ago Zimmerman was acquitted on murder charges in the death of the unarmed 17-year-old after the shooting on February 26, 2012, which he said was in self-defense.

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The incident comes the week after his wife, Shellie Zimmerman, filed for divorce.

Reports conflicted on whether George Zimmerman had actually threatened anyone with the gun. Hudson told CNN that the gun “was not part of the altercation.” However, reported that she told her attorney “that Zimmerman pulled a knife on her today after she discovered a firearm in the house they shared. He then pulled a gun on her and her father after a verbal altercation went bad, according to attorney Kelly Sims.”

Shellie Zimmerman was the one to call 911, CNN said. Hudson told the news network that it is standard procedure to place “anybody suspected of doing anything” into “investigative detention” pending the outcome of a complete investigation.

Trayvon lost his life on February 26, 2012, when Zimmerman began following him home from a convenience store, where the teen had bought tea and Skittles. Zimmerman later stated in a police report that he had followed the boy home because it was odd to see him out and about by himself at night given a rash of burglaries in his neighborhood.

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Robert Zimmerman, George's brother, sent out a Twitter message telling the public not to jump to conclusions, CNN reported.

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Michael Madrid's picture
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Submitted by Michael Madrid on
Any bets on whether Zimmerman will be alive by the end of this year? He seems hell-bent on getting into trouble with his gun. Two traffic stops and now a domestic violence problem. The thing is, EVERYONE knows he carries a pistol: what if he makes a sudden move the next time he's stopped for speeding? What happens when he becomes despondent over his divorce? What happens if he feels he's unfairly fired from his job? None of these potential situations will end well if a gun is handy. Don't get me wrong, I fully support our 2nd Amendment rights, but as with any dangerous tool, a firearm requires a cool head and a calm demeanor, neither of which Zimmerman has exhibited.