by Frederick H. Lowe
George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of the unarmed Trayvon Martin, was arrested on Monday on charges that he pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend.
Zimmerman’s girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, who owns the home in the 1300 block of Topfield Court in Apopka, Fla., ran from the house and called the police, saying Zimmerman had broken a glass table in the living room, following a shouting match.
Scheibe, 27, attempted to get back inside the house, but said he he pushed her outside, locked the door behind her and barricaded himself inside with several pieces of furniture, according to Seminole County Sheriff’s Department.
Armed deputies opened the front door with a key, pushing aside furniture used to block the door. Zimmerman, 30, was not armed when the police walked inside, and he peacefully surrendered.
Scheibe was not injured and no one else was at home.
Sheriff ‘s deputies drove Zimmerman to the John B. Polk Correctional Center, where he was charged with domestic battery, domestic aggravated assault and criminal mischief. Deputies placed Zimmerman in a segregated jail unit because he is well known.
Zimmerman is scheduled to appear in court at 1:30 pm today, Tuesday. In July, a mostly white, all-woman jury with one Hispanic member acquitted Zimmerman in the death of Martin.
In September, Shellie Zimmerman, Zimmerman’s estranged wife, called the Lake Mary, Fla., police, claiming that he threatened her family with a gun and punched her father in nose.
She did not press charges, and the police did not charge Zimmerman with a crime.
In August, Forney, Texas, police stopped an armed Zimmerman for speeding. He had a gun in glove compartment, but he was let go with a warning, police said.