Gun with expended shell casing found in Matthew Apperson's car, police say

No charges filed against George Zimmerman, Matthew Apperson


LAKE MARY, Fla. – The Lake Mary Police Department continue investigating the day after George Zimmerman was involved in a road-rage shooting.

The road-rage incident took place Monday around 12:45 p.m. on Lake Mary Boulevard near Rinehart, east of Interstate 4.

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Police said Zimmerman, who was acquitted in the death of Trayvon Martin in 2013, had previously been involved in a road-rage incident with the same man, Matthew Apperson, in September, when Apperson claimed Zimmerman threatened to shoot and kill him, according to authorities. Apperson said that the threat was verbalized and no gun was ever displayed.

Zimmerman's attorney, Don West, said in Monday's incident, a bullet missed Zimmerman's head, but Zimmerman was sprayed with glass from his vehicle's windshield and other debris. West said Zimmerman was not seriously injured and was treated and released from a hospital.

Police said they obtained search warrants for Apperson's and Zimmerman's vehicles. Inside Apperson's vehicle police found two handguns, a 40 caliber Glock 22 and a 357 revolver with one expended shell casing in the cylinder.

The search warrant for Zimmerman's vehicle has not yet been executed, but police said during the course of their investigation a handgun belonging to Zimmerman was recovered. Police said that gun is owned by Zimmerman legally.

West said Tuesday that Zimmerman never waved, displayed or touched his weapon during Monday's incident, which he said was unprovoked.

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Apperson was seen leaving the Lake Mary Police Department Monday night with his mother and wife of 11 years.

While Apperson would not speak with the media, his attorney, Mark NeJame, spoke, saying the shooting was self-defense, but he did not elaborate. He said Apperson has a concealed weapons permit and was legally justified to shoot.

Local 6 went to Apperson's home in Winter Springs to find out more about the man. According to NeJame, Apperson has worked in a family business since he was 8 years old. He has had a concealed weapons permit for at least a decade.

His wife, Lisa Apperson, said Monday, "I know the truth will prevail, that's all."

Police are asking that anyone who may have witnessed the incident Monday between Zimmerman and Apperson to contact them.

A Lake Mary PD representative said Tuesday that no charges have been filed against Zimmerman or Apperson.

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