Zimmerman wife won't press charges after alleged gun threat

George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder in Trayvon Martin shooting, questioned by police after dispute

Geroge Zimmerman, far right, is escorted home by a police officer, center, and an assistant to his attorney on Monday in Lake Mary, Fla., after a domestic incident in the neighborhood where Zimmerman and his wife Shellie lived.
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George Zimmerman, the Florida man who was acquitted of murder in July for the February 2012 shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, was questioned Monday by authorities in Florida over a possible domestic violence incident, a police spokesman said.

Zimmerman's wife Shellie Zimmerman, 26, reportedly called police to her father's house where her husband was allegedly threatening her with a gun, according to The Associated Press. 

"He's threatening all of us with a firearm ... He punched my dad in the nose," Shellie Zimmerman said on the call. "I don't know what he's capable of. I'm really scared."

George and Shellie both acccused each other of being the aggressor in the domestic dispute, police said. Shellie later said she never saw any firearm and will not press charges.

George's attorney, Mark O'Mara, said his client never threatened his estranged wife -- who filed for divorce last week -- or her father with a gun and never punched his father-in-law. 

"I know the 911 tape suggests that Shellie was saying something, but I think that was heightened emotions," O'Mara said. "There may have been some pushing and touching. That happens a lot in divorce situations ... Nobody was injured."

Her father also declined to press charges, the police chief said.

Zimmerman, who is half white and half Latino, was acquitted on July 13 of murdering 17-year-old Martin, who was black, as Martin walked back to the townhouse where he was staying after buying snacks at a nearby convenience store. The shooting and trial in the central Florida town of Sanford captivated and polarized the U.S. on issues of race, gun laws and self-defense laws.

Zimmerman's life has been tumultuous since his acquittal. Family friends say he left central Florida shortly after the trial and has been out of contact for more than a month. Shellie Zimmerman filed for divorce last Thursday, her lawyer said. She sought the divorce after she said last week in an interview with ABC News that her husband's trial had strained their marriage of six years.

That came after Zimmerman was twice stopped for speeding. Zimmerman was stopped and ticketed on Sept. 3 in Lake Mary for driving 60 mph in a 45 mph zone, police said.

Zimmerman previously was stopped on suspicion of speeding in northern Texas two weeks after his acquittal, and was let off with a warning. He has a concealed weapon permit and told the Texas officer that he was carrying a gun in the glove compartment.

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