George Zimmerman, the acquitted shooter in the death of Trayvon Martin, faces a Seminole circuit judge during a first-appearance hearing on charges including aggravated assault stemming from a fight with his girlfriend on Nov. 19, 2013, in Sanford, Fla.
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Updated: August 4, 2016 7:15 PM ET | Originally published: August 4, 2016 7:04 PM EDT

George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012, claims he was punched by a man in a Sanford, Fla., restaurant over the weekend.

Zimmerman was allegedly bragging about the incident when a man punched him, officials said, according to local news station WFTV.

In a 911 call, Zimmerman alleged that he was explaining to people at a table that he shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense when a large man approached him. “He recognized me,” Zimmerman said. “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 told 911 operators that the man said “You’re bragging about that?” before punching him, according to WFTV.

The death of 17-year-old Martin, and Zimmerman’s later acquittal, sparked nationwide outrage over the case, which saw Zimmerman employing Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law to his benefit. The Black Lives Matter movement spawned out of the aftermath of the trial.

Other witnesses inside the restaurant disagreed with Zimmerman’s account, according to WFTV, telling officials that the incident started when he bragged about killing Martin.

Zimmerman could not immediately be reached for comment.



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