George Zimmerman Punched in Restaurant After Allegedly Bragging About Killing Trayvon Martin
Police are investigating after George Zimmerman said he was punched at a Florida restaurant on Sunday.
Deputies from the Seminole County Sheriff's Office said Zimmerman called 911 about the incident at Gators Riverside Grille in Sanford, Florida, claiming he was accused of bragging about killing Trayvon Martin, according to WKMG.
According to a witness statement, Zimmerman approached another table to compliment someone on their tattoos.
Zimmerman allegedly said: “I love your tattoos, my name is George Zimmerman, you know, that guy who killed Trayvon Martin?”
That was when a large man reportedly named “Eddie” came up to him, and said, "You're bragging about that?"
The man left but came back, and hit Zimmerman in the face, according to police. Cops are now looking for the man, who’s wanted for battery. He reportedly rode off on a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Zimmerman called 911, and when the dispatcher asked who started the argument, Zimmerman said in the call, “He recognized me” and “he told me he was going to kill me. He told me he’d [expletive] shoot me and he punched me in the face.”
He told police he was not bragging about killing Martin. When people asked him to prove he was George Zimmerman, he told police he pulled out his I.D. and said he acted in self-defense.
In the 911 call, Zimmerman said, “He said he’s going to kill me…You need to send like three or four cops.”
Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer, was found not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter in July 2013. He shot and killed Martin in February 2012.
This is only the latest controversy for Zimmerman. In May, the online auction for the gun he used to kill Martin ended, with an apparent final bid of $138,000, according to reports.
In August 2015, a gun store in Florida was selling prints of the Confederate flag that were painted by Zimmerman.
Florida Gun Supply was selling off the 24”x18” prints on their website for $50. Each person who buys a print will then be entered into a raffle to win the original painting.
The website says it "could be worth up to $100,000." Half of the proceeds went to Zimmerman. The other half would go to shop owner Andy Hallinan, who faced a federal discrimination lawsuit filed by the Florida chapter Council on American-Islamic Relations.
The suit was filed after he declared his shop to be a “Muslim-Free Zone” in July. The suit was ultimately thrown out.
And in May 2015, Zimmerman was involved a road rage shooting incident, according to Lake Mary Police Department.
“Lake Mary police department received a 911 call from the third party on behalf of a Matthew Apperson, a white male, who stated that he had just been involved in a shooting with George Zimmerman. At this time the investigation has proven that George Zimmerman was not the shooter," Lake Mary Police Department spokeswoman Bianca Gillette said.
Zimmerman's attorney, Don West, told WKMG that a bullet missed his head but he was hospitalized after he was hit with glass and debris after the bullet struck the windshield of his car.
Apperson was charged with attempted murder. He entered a not guilty plea.