George Zimmerman Charged With Assault in Latest Trouble With Law

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Nov. 18 2013 5:49 PM

George Zimmerman Charged With Assault in Latest Trouble With Law

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George Zimmerman is in trouble with the law again.

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George Zimmerman’s trouble with the law continued on Monday. The man who shot and killed Travyon Martin last year was taken into custody Monday afternoon when local police responded to a disturbance call. Florida police announced on Monday evening that they have charged Zimmerman with assault and battery.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, during the altercation, police said “Zimmerman pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend, 27-year-old Samantha Scheibe. He also broke a table, pushed her out of the home and barricaded the door with furniture.”

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Here’s more from ABC News:

"When we arrived, the victim indicated that she and George Zimmerman were having a verbal dispute and at that time she alleged that he had broken a table and pointed a long-barrel shotgun at her," Seminole County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Dennis Lemma said at a news conference. She managed to work her way to the front door of the residence and call 911 on her cell phone. "At that time, he actually pushed her out of the front of the residence and barricaded the door with some furniture," Lemma said. When authorities arrived, the girlfriend gave officers a key to the home and they were able to open the door, push away the furniture and confront ZimmermanHe was unarmed when police got to him and "rather passive," Lemma said. He offered no resistance and was taken into custody.

Elliot Hannon is a writer in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter.

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