George Zimmerman, who was found not guilty in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, was briefly detained in central Florida Monday after a domestic incident with his wife and father-in-law that allegedly involved a gun threat.
According to Lake Mary, Fla. Police Chief Steve Bracknell, Zimmerman's estranged wife, Shellie Zimmerman, called police shortly after 2 p.m. to her father's home where he reportedly threatened her with a gun, reported the Associated Press. She chose not to press charges against him.
Lake Mary Police Officer Zach Hudson told the Orlando Sentinel that George Zimmerman was free to leave the home as of 3:45 p.m., but was unsure whether or not an arrest would be made.
In her call to 911, Shellie Zimmerman told the dispatcher that her husband had allegedly punched her father in the nose, leaving a mark on his face and smashed her iPad and cut it with a pocket knife.
"He's in his car and he continually has his hand on his gun and he keeps saying 'step closer,'" said Shellie Zimmerman, referring to her husband. "He's just threatening all of us with his firearm and he's going to shoot us."
In a divorce petition filed last week, Shellie Zimmerman demanded her husband pay for a permanent life insurance policy with her named as the beneficiary and custody of their two dogs. According to a financial affidavit, Shellie Zimmerman owed $3,700 in 2011 taxes and has $103,756 in total debt.
In an interview on Friday with Good Morning America, Shellie Zimmerman said that although she was married for nearly seven years, she never truly knew her husband. Since his acquittal, George Zimmerman has only spent three or four nights a week at the home they shared together, and at times was verbally abusive, she said, although he never caused her any physical harm.
This is not George Zimmerman's first run-in with the law since he was acquitted in July of murder. He has been pulled over twice – once near Dallas for speeding and was issued a warning, and again on Tuesday in Lake Mary for going 60 mph in a 45-mph zone, at which time he was issued a $256 ticket.