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George Zimmerman Had Another Gun Incident

George Zimmerman, charged with second degree murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman, 28 has been transported to the Seminole County jail in Florida.
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Not-guilty Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman was taken into police custody after “an incident involving a gun” and another person, Click Orlando reports. Details are scarce so far, but “Lake Mary police say they were called to a house on Sprucewood Road Monday afternoon after a report that Zimmerman was involved in an altercation with another person with a threat involved.” The AP reports that Zimmerman’s wife Shellie called the cops, claiming he threatened her and her father with a gun. She filed for divorce last week.

It’s been a hectic few months for the acquitted killer. After Shellie decided to get out, she cited George’s “reckless decisions” since the trial, which she said has him feeling “invincible,” in a nationally televised interview. George has been pulled over (twice!) for speeding, and he stopped by the gun manufacturer that made the weapon he used to kill Martin to pose for pictures. The pattern seems to be intensifying.

His lawyer Mark O’Mara, meanwhile, has signed on as a legal analyst at CNN. O’Mara may have more work to do yet.

Zimmerman’s brother Robert has already responded to the reports on Twitter, complete with an allusion to the Martin case:

Update, 4:15 p.m.: Local police have released audio from Shellie’s 911 call. A partial transcription is below:

[George is] trying to shut the garage door on me. He’s in his car, and he continually has his hand on his gun, and he keeps saying ‘Step closer.’ He’s just threatening all of us with his firearm. He’s gonna shoot us.

He punched my dad in his nose … He accosted my father and then took my iPad out of my hands and smashed it and cut it with a pocketknife. There’s a Lake Mary city worker across the street that I believe saw almost all of it.

He just showed up here, but my phone died, so I had to call you from my father’s phone. I’m really really afraid I don’t know what he’s capable of. I’m really scared.

The police are here. He’s in his truck. There are police here with their weapons drawn.

Operator: Does he see them?

They’re telling his bodyguard to get out of the way. Dad, get behind the car. I don’t know if he’s going to start shooting at us or not.  

George might start shooting at us, I don’t know. Oh my god.  Okay, he’s got his hands in the air. He’s not touching his weapon. 

George has reportedly been released while authorities try to determine what happened.

Update, 5:45 p.m.: In a Zimmerman-ian twist, Shellie and her father “signed paperwork declining to press charges,” the Orlando Sentinel reports. “We have no victim, no crime,” said Lake Mary police chief Steve Bracknell. (“This guy is killing me,” Bracknell told the L.A. Times. “We’re just a small-town police department — this really taxes us.”)

And, of course:

This post has been updated throughout.

Zimmerman Threatened Wife With Gun, She Says