George Zimmerman, the man who fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Black teen in 2012, said he was punched in the face while speaking to people at a restaurant, WRTV reports.
Zimmerman called 911 after a man accused him of bragging about the fatal shooting and punched him in the face, officials said. “He recognized me,” Zimmerman said during the 911 call. “He told me he was going to kill me he told me he’d (expletive) shoot me and he punched me in the face.”
Zimmerman claimed he was explaining to people sitting at a table that he had shot the 17-year-old Florida teen in self-defense when a large man allegedly approached him and asked, “You’re bragging about that?” before punching him in the face.
He told the dispatcher that the man “said he’s going to kill me,” and that they needed “to send like three or four cops.” Witnesses inside Gators Riverside restaurant told police that the altercation started because Zimmerman was in fact bragging about killing the unarmed teen four years ago. Some say they overheard him say to someone, “I love your tattoos. My name is George Zimmerman, you know, that guy who killed Trayvon Martin?”
The witness said Zimmerman also showed his ID. The man accused of punching Zimmerman has not been identified, but he could face charges.