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George Zimmerman: Wife Claims 'Gun Threat'
The estranged wife of George Zimmerman, the man acquitted in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin, called police to say he was threatening her with a gun.
Shellie Zimmerman made the emergency call alleging her husband had punched her father in the nose, smashed an iPad and threatened them both with a firearm.
However, Mrs Zimmerman later changed her story, saying she had not seen a gun.
Both the woman and her father declined to press charges.
Mrs Zimmerman initially told the 911 dispatcher that Mr Zimmerman had his hand on his gun while he was in his car at her father's home in Lake Mary, Florida.
"He keeps saying, 'Step closer,'" she said.
"Step closer and what?" asked the dispatcher.
"And he's gonna shoot us," Mrs Zimmerman responded.
"I don't know what he's capable of. I'm really scared."
Officials said they were investigating the call and confirmed that Mrs Zimmerman's version of events had changed.
"Domestic violence can't be invoked because she has changed her story and says she didn't see a firearm," Lake Mary Police Chief Steve Bracknell said.
Police confirmed no gun was found when they arrived at the scene.
"We didn't find anything that indicated he had a gun on his person," said a spokesman for Lake Mary police.
Mrs Zimmerman filed for divorce just days ago.
In the divorce petition, Mrs Zimmerman said she and her husband separated a month after he was found not guilty over the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon, a verdict that led to nationwide protests.
Monday's run-in with law enforcement is the third for Mr Zimmerman since his trial concluded in July.
He has been stopped twice for speeding - once in Texas and again in Florida on September 3.
In August, Mrs Zimmerman pleaded guilty to lying during a bail hearing after her husband's 2012 arrest for the killing of Trayvon.
She was sentenced to one-year probation and 100 hours of community service for the misdemeanour perjury charge.
In an interview with ABC's Good Morning America, Mrs Zimmerman called her husband "selfish", adding that he left her with "a bunch of pieces of broken glass" after the acquittal.
Mr Zimmerman and his lawyers have made no public statements on the divorce proceedings.
His brother Robert Zimmerman Jr, tweeted that "we've learned from GZ case not to 'jump to conclusions,' to wait for facts, & to avoid speculation. 'News' is a business - not your friend."