George Zimmerman, who was acquitted earlier this year following the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, was arrested Monday for allegedly pointing a shotgun at his girlfriend and turning her out of her house as he packed to move out, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said.
The policeman was also charged with two misdemeanors – domestic violence battery and criminal mischief – in connection with the same incident, Lemma added.
According to CNN, Zimmerman is currently in jail without bail and he is scheduled to make his first appearance in front of a judge Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. ET.
According to a police report, Zimmerman’s girlfriend said that following an argument the suspect broke a table with a shotgun then pointed it at her “for a minute.”
The woman immediately called 911 at 12:30 E.T., Lemma said.
“I don’t know exactly what the argument was about, we believe it was some kind of separation from the relationship,” Lemma said. “She was concerned for her safety, certainly from having the weapon pointed at her. She’s shaken up over this incident, like any of us would be.”
On a 911 call recording obtained by reporters, a woman can be heard telling authorities: “He’s inside my house breaking all my (things) because I asked him to leave.”
The woman then says to someone at the house, “I’m doing this again? You just broke my glass table. You just broke my sunglasses and you put your gun in my freaking face and told me to get the (expletive) out.”
A man is heard asking her to calm down, but then the woman tells the dispatcher that the man just pushed her out of the house and locked the door.
On a separate 911 call, a man calls to report that his girlfriend was “for lack of a better term, going crazy on me” and throwing his things out. The caller says the woman is outside with police.
When asked why he is calling, the man says, “I just want everyone to know the truth.”
The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office told reporters on Monday that Zimmerman and Scheibe “had a verbal altercation that resulted in him breaking a glass table in the living room, retrieving a shotgun, and pointing it at her.”
After that the woman rushed outside to call 911 but she insists that was Zimmerman who pushed her out of the door when she tried to get back in.
In order not to let her in Zimmerman placed furniture against the door, but officers managed to enter the house with a key Scheibe gave them. “Deputies were able to open the door [and] push away the furniture that was barricading the door,” Lemma said.
“He offered no resistance to deputies. They made a determination that they had probable cause for George Zimmerman’s arrest. At that time he was unarmed.”
Local authorities say that no weapons had been recovered immediately after the scene but that the sheriff’s office was seeking a search warrant.