Former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman who was acquitted in the 2012 death of 17-year-old African American Trayvon Martin from Miami Gardens, Florida, was shot at in Lake Mary, a small town near Orlando. According to a WTSP report, local authorities say that Zimmerman was injured in the shooting that was the result of a road rage incident with a man who had on a previous occasion accused Zimmerman of threatening and stalking him. The other person involved was identified as Matthew Apperson.
Revenge for last September’s road rage incident
Rivalry between the two began last September when both flexed their muscles in a road rage incident in which Zimmerman allegedly threatened to kill Apperson. No charges were pressed following the incident while police officers were unable to pursue the matter due to a lack of witnesses or identifiable car tag.
Both report the shooting
Don West, Zimmerman’s attorney, said a motorist fired into the passenger side window of his client’s pickup truck, following which he was struck by flying glass while the bullet just missed his head. Last September, Zimmerman and Apperson were involved in a road rage incident where the latter alleged that Zimmerman threatened to shoot him although it was a verbal threat and no gun was involved.
Zimmerman was treated at Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford and released. This time around, Zimmerman’s attorney said that no shot was fired while his client did not even attempt to draw his weapon. No charges have been filed as yet while spokeswoman for Lake Mary police Bianca Gillett said that investigations were ongoing. According to Gillett, both called in to report the shooting.
Zimmerman has several run-ins with the law, charges dropped
According to a Click Orlando report, Zimmerman has had several run-ins with the law since his acquittal in Trayvon Martin’s death. In July 2013, a few weeks after his acquittal, he was pulled over for speeding in northern Texas and let off with a warning after the officer found a firearm in the glove compartment of his vehicle.
Later in November 2013, he was arrested on aggravated assault and other charges of domestic violence after he had fought with his then-girlfriend at her Apopka home. However, charges were dropped at the behest of the woman. Zimmerman was booked once again on a domestic violent charge. According to his criminal defense attorney, his girlfriend alleged Zimmerman threw a wine bottle at her. However, no charges were filed since the lady concerned took back her statement.
‘Stand your ground defense’ laws in focus
Zimmerman’s criminal defense attorney said that his client lives at an undisclosed location since he still fears retaliation after the Trayvon Martin incident. Speaking about the latest shootout involving Apperson, the attorney said his client was on his way to a doctor’s appointment when he spotted Apperson following him. When Zimmerman made a U-turn to try and escape, Apperson followed in hot pursuit and fire a shot into the passenger side window.
According to an NY Times report, the latest shootout occurred not far only a few miles from where Zimmerman had shot Martin in February 2012 in Sanford, Florida. A latest report in the Daily Mail suggests that Apperson may use Florida’s ‘stand your ground defense’, claiming that he feared for his life. The “stand-your-ground” laws were brought into the public spotlight following the Martin shooting and many people agree with these laws since you the right to confront evil.
Apperson could be out of control though. He may want to find a local attorney which can be found on the stellar website USAttorneys.com. Apperson may need some sound legal advice real soon, hopefully before he is the product of violence again.