SANFORD, Fla. – Court documents released on Tuesday show that George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who shot and killed African-American teenager Trayvon Martin, had five guns and more than 100 rounds of ammo on him when police officers arrested him earlier this month on domestic violence charges.
Zimmerman was arrested on Nov. 18 at the house of his then girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, which they were sharing. The couple was arguing, and Scheibe told deputies that Zimmerman pointed a shotgun at her, also smashing her coffee table with the weapon. According to a search warrant that was made public by the Seminole County court clerk, when he was arrested he had a 12-gauge shotgun, an AR-15 assault rifle and three handguns on him.
Scheibe told deputies she asked Zimmerman to leave the house. She said in an arrest report that he began packing his belongings, including some of the weapons, but became upset and took the shotgun out of the case.
According to the search warrant, Scheibe said she was going to call police. That's when Zimmerman pointed the shotgun at her and asked if "she really wanted to do that," the warrant says. Scheibe said Zimmerman pushed her out of the house while she was dialing 911 and locked the door, barricading it with furniture and other items.
The search warrant says Zimmerman gave deputies a different version of events. He said that Scheibe and he had agreed to separate and that he was planning to move to Texas. But as he gathered his belongings, Zimmerman said Scheibe became upset and threw a handgun and the shotgun on the floor.
The weapons were in a soft-sided case with a combination lock when deputies arrived, according to the warrant. In addition to the shotgun and AR-15 rifle, the warrant says Zimmerman had three handguns: a Glock 19, a Taurus 9mm and an Interarms .380-caliber. Deputies also collected two cellphones, a pocket knife and a flashlight, among other items.
Zimmerman is free on $9,000 bail on charges of aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief. He has entered a not guilty plea.
Zimmerman, 30, was acquitted of murder in July in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin during a confrontation in the gated community where Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch volunteer. The shooting sparked accusations that Zimmerman had racially profiled Martin, who was black and unarmed, and led to nationwide debates over self-defense laws.
The arrest in the domestic violence case was just the latest brush with the law for Zimmerman.
Zimmerman was pulled over three times for traffic stops since his acquittal. He was ticketed for doing 60 mph in a 45 mph zone in Lake Mary in September and was given a warning by a state trooper along Interstate 95 for having a tag cover and windows that were too darkly tinted. He was also stopped near Dallas in July and was given a warning for speeding.
He and his estranged wife, Shellie, were involved in a domestic dispute in September just days after she filed divorce papers, but police later said no charges were filed against either of them because of a lack of evidence.
Based on reporting by the Associated Press.