Deputies: George Zimmerman punched in face at restaurant
Zimmerman says he was accused of bragging about Trayvon Martin shooting
SANFORD, Fla. – The Seminole County Sheriff's Office is investigating after George Zimmerman was punched in the face on Sunday at a Sanford restaurant.
Deputies said that Zimmerman called 911 to report the incident at Gators Riverside Grille, telling dispatchers he was accused of bragging about shooting and killing Trayvon Martin.
According to the incident report, Zimmerman said he was recognized while eating at the restaurant and as he was explaining to people sitting at the table that he shot Martin in self-defense, a large man approached him and asked, "you're bragging about that?"
Deputies said the man left and came back minutes later, asking Zimmerman why he hadn't left. The fight escalated when the man then punched Zimmerman in the face, according to the report.
The man has not been arrested as of Thursday. Investigators say they are looking for a man named "Eddie," who witnesses say was the main aggressor.
Martin was shot and killed by Zimmerman in an altercation in a Sanford community in February 2012. Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter on July 13, 2013.
The shooting sparked protests and a national debate about race relations.
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