George Zimmerman questioned about road rage, shooting threats


A Florida man claims George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted in the killing of Trayvon Martin, threatened to shoot him during a road rage incident this week.

Zimmerman, 30, was contacted by police Thursday about the incident, but not arrested, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

In a 911 call Tuesday, 35-year-old Matthew Apperson said Zimmerman became enraged while driving and began yelling he would shoot Apperson.


“George Zimmerman was the driver, and they were threatening to kick my ... and to shoot me,” Apperson told the dispatcher.

Apperson said he drove to a gas station to call police and Zimmerman followed him, still making threats.

Zimmerman was contacted by officers Thursday when Apperson again called police to say Zimmerman was again following him and he feared for his safety, according to the 911 call.

When police contacted Zimmerman, he was armed and said he was in the area for a doctor’s appointment, according to dash cam video and an officer’s body cam.

Officers took the gun from Zimmerman, but returned it at the end of their contact with him, according to the videos.

Zimmerman’s demeanor was calm during the conversation with police, according to the videos.


Zimmerman was acquitted last year in the 2012 shooting death of Martin, an unarmed teenager whom Zimmerman said he shot in self-defense.

Since that time, Zimmerman has had other run-ins with the law involving his temper and alleged threats with guns.

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