Wife says George Zimmerman threatened her

Orlando SentinelSeptember 10, 2013 

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George Zimmerman's wife called 911 on Monday afternoon to report that her husband was threatening her family, but she later declined to press charges, police confirmed.

Lake Mary police Officer Zach Hudson said Shellie Zimmerman had called 911 about 3 p.m., saying George Zimmerman was threatening she and her father with a weapon in a house on Sprucewood Drive.

In a 911 call released by police, Shellie Zimmerman tells a dispatcher that her husband had "his hand on his gun and he keeps saying step closer."

"Step closer and what?" a dispatcher asks.

"And he's going to shoot us," Shellie Zimmerman replies.

However, Lake Mary police Chief Steve Bracknell confirmed about 4:30 p.m. that Shellie Zimmerman and her father, David Dean, had signed paperwork declining to press charges.

"They both have declined to press charges against George,"

Bracknell said. "We have no victim no crime."

The incident played out at a house where, the Sentinel reported earlier Monday, Zimmerman and his wife lived during his high-profile trial in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Hudson said earlier that Zimmerman was not detained and was not in custody. The police spokesman said Zimmerman has been cooperating with police.

Bracknell said police would document the incident thoroughly in case Shellie Zimmerman or her father changed their minds.

In the 911 call, Shellie Zimmerman says her husband punched her father, leaving a mark on his face.

"He's shaking, he says he feels like he's going to have a heart attack, his nose might be broken," she said, describing her father.

"I'm really, really afraid," Shellie Zimmerman said. "I don't know what he's capable of. I'm really, really scared."

At another point in the call, she warned her father to stay away from her husband: "Dad get inside the house, George might start shooting at us."

After reports that Zimmerman was in police custody, reporters and news crews flooded Sprucewood Road.

Shellie's 20-year-old brother DJ Dean, told reporters that his mother awoke him, saying there had been an altercation involving George, Shellie and her father, David Dean.

George Zimmerman has changed a great deal since he killed Trayvon, his brother-in-law said.

"Before the incident he was probably the nicest person I ever met. I think the guilt and self-hatred got to him," DJ Dean 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.

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