George Zimmerman, the former Neighborhood Watch volunteer acquitted of murder in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, was detained this afternoon after his wife told police that he’d threatened her family, police confirmed.
Police are investigating a “possible domestic battery” involving Zimmerman on Sprucewood Road, Lake Mary police Officer Zach Hudson said this afternoon.
About 3:40 p.m., Hudson said that Zimmerman was no longer detained and was not in custody.
According to Lake Mary police Chief Steve Bracknell, Zimmerman’s wife Shellie Zimmerman called police and said that her husband had made threats to her family “with his hand on his gun.”
She also alleged that George Zimmerman had battered her father, David Dean, Bracknell said.
The police chief said about 3:30 p.m. Shellie Zimmerman and her father were consulting with their attorney to decide whether to give a sworn statement or press charges.
Hudson said the investigation is in its early stages, and it was unclear whether Zimmerman or anyone would be arrested. No significant injuries were suffered in the incident, Hudson said.
A gray Honda Ridgeline, similar to one driven by Zimmerman when he was ticketed last week in Lake Mary was parked out front if the house, the same one where the couple had lived in hiding between September and at least the end of Zimmerman’s trial July 13.
Zimmerman had successfully kept his hideout a secret for a year, but on Monday that fell apart when his estranged wife called police.
Three news helicopters hovered overhead at 3:30p.m. and TV news trucks lined what had been a very quiet residential street near Seminole State College.
In her divorce petition filed last week Shellie Zimmerman wrote that the couple had separated Aug. 13.
Police in Lake Mary, Fla., are holding George Zimmerman in “investigative detention” after a 911 call from his estranged wife who reported that he punched her father in the nose and threatened them both with a gun.
In an audio recording of Shellie Zimmerman’s 911 call to police, she said Zimmerman smashed an iPad she was holding and cut it with a pocket knife, struck her father in the nose and threatened both while putting a hand on a gun.
“I’m really scared,” Shellie Zimmerman repeated during the call.
Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin in a case that put a spotlight on Florida’s self-defense gun laws.
Shellie Zimmerman filed for divorce last week.
Deputy Police Chief Colin Morgan said officers have not recovered a gun.
The dispute “was between him and his wife and her father,” Morgan said. “There were some allegations that there had been an assault, but we could not confirm any of it. Witnesses do not want to speak to anyone until they speak to their lawyer.”
The 911 call, which Morgan described as a “domestic violence call,” came in around 2 p.m. Monday.
Morgan said that when officers received the call, they understood it was from a house in the central Florida town where Zimmerman had been living.
“Of course we knew that’s where George Zimmerman lived,” Morgan said in a phone interview with USA TODAY.
“We’ve only heard one side of the story so far,” Police Chief Steve Bracknell said, according to the Associated Press.
Morgan said Zimmerman was cooperative but has not spoken with police.
Orlando TV station WKMG reported that Shellie Zimmerman’s parents, David and Machelle Dean, live at the home.
WKMG’s SKY 6 helicopter showed at least a half-dozen police squad cars outside the house.
In the divorce petition, Shellie Zimmerman says she and her husband separated a month after Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, was acquitted of any crime for fatally shooting Martin, a black teenager, last July. The verdict sparked protests across the nation.
Zimmerman has been pulled over at least twice for speeding since his acquittal.
This is a developing story. Check back later for updates.