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George Zimmerman sustains minor injuries in Florida shooting

Updated on May 11, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. EST | George Zimmerman, the Florida resident who was acquitted in the death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in 2013, sustained minor injures from a shooting incident Monday afternoon, the Lake Mary Police Department said.

Monday’s dispute involved Matthew Apperson, the same man that was in a road rage incident with Zimmerman last year, Lake Mary police said in a news conference. Apperson called 911 to report the shooting, while Zimmerman tracked down an officer to say he was shot at, Lake Mary Police Officer Bianca Gillett said.

Investigators have yet to interview either man, and no charges have been filed, she said.

Details about the incident remain scant, but Zimmerman’s attorney Don West said a bullet missed his client’s head.

“I think [the bullet] broke a window and lodged in his vehicle,” West said.

He also said that Zimmerman was sprayed with debris and glass from his vehicle’s busted windshield, the Associated Press reported.

According to West, Zimmerman was released from a nearby hospital.


Video by the Associated Press

Initial reports said Zimmerman was shot in the face, but police have yet to confirm details about Zimmerman’s injuries. Mary Lake police announced via Twitter that it will hold a news conference at 4 p.m. EST today.

Monday’s shooting continues a string of run-ins with law enforcement for Zimmerman, including, most recently, an aggravated assault charge for throwing a wine bottle at his ex-girlfriend. The case was dropped in January when she recanted her account.

A Florida jury acquitted Zimmerman of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in July 2013 in the death of 17-year-old Martin. The Justice Department also closed their investigation into the fatal shooting, citing “insufficient evidence” to pursue a civil rights case against Zimmerman.

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