George Zimmerman Threatens to Kill Driver in Road Rage Incident

SANFORD, FL - NOVEMBER 19:  George Zimmerman, the acquitted shooter in the death of Trayvon Martin, faces a Seminole circuit judge during a first-appearance hearing on charges including aggravated assault stemming from a fight with his girlfriend November 19, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman, 30, was arrested after police responded to a domestic disturbance call at a house. He was acquitted in July of all charges in the shooting death of unarmed, black teenager, Trayvon Martin.   (Photo by Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images)

George Zimmerman Threatens to Kill Driver in Road Rage Incident

"He almost hit my car and he said he would shoot me then," driver Matthew Apperson told cops.

Published September 12, 2014

George Zimmerman, the man acquitted last year of second-degree murder in the shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, was recently involved in a road confrontation in an Orlando, Fla., suburb, authorities said Friday.

According to the Associated Press, 35-year-old driver Matthew Apperson told Lake Mary cops that a passenger in a truck stopped at a light beside his car on a busy street, rolled down his window and yelled, “Hey, what’s your problem? Why you shaking your finger?”

“Do you know who I am,” the truck’s driver then reportedly asked Apperson.

Apperson, who claimed he had been listening to music with his window rolled up prior to the confrontation, called 911 and told a police dispatcher that he believed the driver was Zimmerman.

"He almost hit my car and he said he would shoot me then," said Apperson, who claimed he never saw a weapon in the truck. "Both of them were threatening to shoot me and kill me.”

When Apperson went into a parking lot to make the 911 call, Zimmerman allegedly drove up to Apperson’s car, blocking him in, but left before officers arrived. The next day, Apperson called 911 again after seeing Zimmerman sitting in his truck outside of his workplace.

"It seems like the guy is sitting there, waiting for me," Apperson told a dispatcher. "It's disheartening to see him lurking around here.”

Zimmerman was identified by responding officers. The AP reports that a police car video shows Zimmerman with a gun in his waistband. He reportedly told officers that he had an appointment at the location.

Apperson declined to press charges on both occasions.

This is Zimmerman’s most recent close brush with the law, following a domestic violence altercation with his estranged wife earlier last year, a domestic dispute with his girlfriend, and three traffic violations.

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Written by Patrice Peck


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