George Zimmerman's wife says he threatened her with a gun

By Joel Schipper, John W. Davis and Christine Webb, Team Coverage
Last Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 5:48 AM EDT
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Shellie Zimmerman will not press charges against her husband, George Zimmerman, even though she says he threatened her and her family with a gun in a 911 call.

Lake Mary Police is now saying there was never a gun, even though they originally said they had taken a gun from Zimmerman, and even George Zimmerman's attorney had said there was a gun.

The estranged husband and wife are blaming each other for starting the fight that brought police to Shellie's father's home on Sprucewood Road Monday.

Police were called shortly after 2 p.m. Monday.

According to Shellie Zimmerman's calls to 911, Zimmerman threatened his wife and her family.

SHELLIE ZIMMERMAN: "He's in his car, and he continually has his hand on his gun, and he keeps saying 'step closer', and he's just threatening all of us with his firearm. "

Again, Lake Mary Police now say there was never a gun.

Shellie also said George Zimmerman punched her father in the nose, and he had a mark on it. She believed it was broken. She also said George Zimmerman took her iPad out of her hands and slashed it with a pocket knife.

Zimmerman did put his hands up when police arrives, according to the 911 call. Shellie is not talking with detectives until her attorney is present. Lake Mary Police says George Zimmerman is cooperating and is not in custody.

Attorney Mark O'Mara says there may have been some pushing, but Zimmerman never punched his father-in-law in the nose.

O'Mara says that emotions are running high, as they often do in divorce cases.

Shellie filed for divorce Sept. 5, citing "irreconcilable differences."

"This has become so emotionalized," said George Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara, regarding the divorce and Monday's incident. "I think everybody got out of hand. There may have been some pushing or touching, that happens in divorces a lot."

This is not George's first run-in with the law after he was found not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

On July 28, he was stopped for speeding in Forney, Texas. He was also pulled over Sept. 3 for speeding on Rinehart Road in Lake Mary.

O'Mara says George Zimmerman is learning that anything he does will be "hyper focused on."

Social Media on new Zimmerman incident

As the domestic incident between George and Shellie Zimmerman unfolded Monday afternoon, talk buzzed on social media.

#GeorgeZimmerman and #Zimmerman are trending on Twitter. 

Among those who tweeted, George Zimmerman's brother, Robert Zimmerman Jr:

"We've learned from GZ case not to "jump to conclusions", to wait for facts, & to avoid speculation. 'News' is a business - not your friend."

The attorneys for Trayvon Martin's family also tweeted the news, including Benjamin Crump and Natalie Jackson, who suggested that Shellie Zimmerman get a domestic violence advocate.

That tweet was soon deleted though, in favor of this:

"I have to make my personal tweets very vague during these times else they end up in the media attributed to my clients...SMH! [shake my head]

"Praying that no one gets hurt...again."