Attorney Says Fla. Man Shot At George Zimmerman In Self-Defense

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May 12, 2015 6:49 a.m.
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The attorney for Matthew Apperson, the man who shot at George Zimmerman in Lake Mary, Fla., on Monday, said that Apperson fired a shot in self-defense.

Police said on Monday that they have not arrested Apperson. A third party called the police on behalf of Apperson to report the shooting, and Zimmerman called 911 shortly after the incident as well. Lake Mary Police spokeswoman Bianca Gillett said that it did not appear that Zimmerman had fired any shots.

Apperson’s attorney, Mark NeJame, told reporters on Monday that Apperson acted in self-defense, according to local TV station WFTV.

“He simply maintained that he acted in self-defense,” NeJame said. “We see everything to suggest that that is correct.”

Police would not say on Monday whether Zimmerman was armed, and Zimmerman’s attorney, Don West, said that Zimmerman did not show, wave, or point a gun at Apperson, according to WFTV.

Zimmerman was released from the hospital on Monday after being treated for facial injuries, according to the Orlando Sentinel. West said that Zimmerman was injured by glass from his car’s windshield when the bullet missed Zimmerman and struck the vehicle.

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