George Zimmerman arrested after reported domestic disturbance

Zimmerman, acquitted in shooting of Trayvon Martin in July, faces two misdemeanors and a felony in latest arrest

In this handout provided by Seminole County Sheriff`s Office, George Zimmerman poses for a processing photo after being arrested and booked into jail at the John Polk Correctional Facility, Nov. 18, 2013, in Sanford, Fla.
Seminole County Sheriff`s Office

George Zimmerman was arrested Monday and has been charged with two misdemeanors and a felony after police responded to a 911 call about a disturbance at the home of Zimmerman’s girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe.

Zimmerman was acquited in July of manslaughter after shooting unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. The case touched off heated debate across the country.

Scheibe told officers that after getting into an argument with Zimmerman, she asked him to leave. According to the police report, Zimmerman began to pack his belongings, including an AR-15 rifle and a shotgun. Scheibe told officers that Zimmerman “cocked the shotgun” before he put it in the case.

Things reportedly escalated when Scheibe began moving Zimmerman’s items, placing them in the living room and outside the home, and Zimmerman allegedly became upset and he removed the shotgun from the case.

Scheibe told Zimmerman she was calling the police, at which point Zimmerman allegedly pointed the shotgun at Scheibe and asked her if she “really wanted to do it,” according to the police report.

As Scheibe took a step back from Zimmerman, he reportedly smashed a glass table in her living room with the butt of his shotgun and told her to leave the house.

The police report also cited Scheibe as alleging that Zimmerman pushed her out of the front door, locked it behind her and barricaded himself in with several pieces of small furniture. Zimmerman reportedly told her he would also call the police.

Zimmerman was arrested without incident has been charged with domestic battery, domestic aggravated assault and criminal mischief. He was set to make his first court appearance Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., when a judge will determine whether or not Zimmerman will be granted bail.

The shotgun was not present when police arrived and arrested Zimmerman, and in a news conference Chief Deputy Dennis Lemma said officers would obtain a search warrant to enter the home and search for the weapon.

“She (Scheibe) was very concerned for her own safety, especially having the weapon pointed at her and then being pushed out," Lemma said.

Protests erupted across the country after Zimmerman, 30, was acquitted in July of all charges in the shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.

Martin’s death kicked off a national debate about race and Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law that allows people to use deadly force if they feel their life is threatened, even if there is an opportunity to retreat. The law is an adaptation of the “Castle Doctrine,” which says that people can use deadly force if necessary to defend themselves while in their homes, and that they do not have an obligation to retreat.

Critics have said that Zimmerman racially profiled Martin and that he took the law into his own hands, pointing out that Zimmerman was told by police not to follow Martin.

Zimmerman, who was not charged with manslaughter until 44 days after the shooting, said he shot the 17-year-old in self-defense after the two got into an altercation in February 2012 in the gated residential community of Sanford, Fla., outside of Orlando.

The case is now under review by the Justice Department, which may file a civil suit against Zimmerman if they determine he violated Martin’s civil rights.

This is not the first time Zimmerman has run into trouble with law enforcement since he was acquitted in the high-profile case.

Zimmerman allegedly got into a domestic dispute with his estranged wife Shellie in September, only a few days after Shellie had filed papers for a divorce. Ultimately, because of a lack of evidence, no charges were filed against either party.

Al Jazeera and The Associated Press. Dexter Mullins Contributed to this report.

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