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Zimmerman shooting linked to prior dust-up

12 May 2015, 18:21

Florida - A shooting incident involving former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman is the latest in a series of run-ins the has had with the law, random strangers and his ex-wife since he was acquitted of murder charges two years ago in the death of a young unarmed African-American.

A man with whom Zimmerman was involved in a road-rage encounter earlier this year, Matthew Apperson, called police to report the shooting Monday an Orlando suburb, Officer Bianca Gillett told a news conference. Zimmerman, meanwhile, flagged down an officer to report someone had shot at him.

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Zimmerman was acquitted in the February 2012 shooting death of Martin, an unarmed black teenager, in a case that sparked protests and a national debate about race relations. The U.S. Justice Department later announced it was not bringing a civil rights case against Zimmerman.

In the latest incident, police said both Zimmerman and Apperson have yet to be interviewed formally by investigators, and it was unclear whether any charges would be filed.

A bullet missed Zimmerman's head and he was sprayed with glass from his vehicle's windshield and other debris, but he wasn't seriously hurt, said his attorney, Don West.

"His injuries would be considered minor," West said.

Zimmerman was treated at a hospital and released.

West said before the news conference that Zimmerman thought he knew who was responsible for the shooting and is cooperating with authorities.

Last September, Apperson said Zimmerman threatened to kill him, asking "Do you know who I am?" during a confrontation in their vehicles. Apperson decided not to pursue charges and police officers were unable to move forward without a license plate number or witnesses.

- AP


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