While much of the country has already been fixated on George Zimmerman for his fatal shooting of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, the man who shot Zimmerman several days ago is apparently especially obsessed with the acquitted killer.
According to the Associated Press, the Lake Mary Police Department report on the shooting of George Zimmerman reveals that Matthew Apperson had developed a “fixation” on the man. Even more alarming, the report also claims Apperson shows signs of serious mental illness. It was revealed that Apperson had recently been admitted to a mental institution for unusual behavior.
“It appears that Apperson has a fixation on Zimmerman and has displayed some signs of paranoia, anxiety, and bipolar disorder,” said the police report.
Many had perceived Matthew Apperson’s attempt to shoot George Zimmerman as heroic, or possibly even as an act of self-defense. A previous report from the Inquisitr revealed that George Zimmerman did have a gun with him at the time he was shot, but that he had a license to carry it. The police report could completely change the public’s perception of Apperson’s actions, as they no longer seem heroic, but rather aggressive and unstable.
The report claims that Apperson drove up to George Zimmerman and shouted, “You remember me, you fat mother f***er?”
George Zimmerman then indicated that he didn’t recognize him, so Apperson replied, “You owe me your life. The only reason I didn’t press charges on you is because I wanted to kill you myself.”
Zimmerman laughed at the man and called him a “clown.” Matthew Apperson then shot at George Zimmerman through the passenger window and told a passerby to call 911. The motivations behind the shooting are still unclear. While it might seem like Apperson shot George Zimmerman to avenge the death of Trayvon Martin, officials claim the two had a previous encounter over road rage that could be a more likely explanation.
After the shooting was over, a police officer claims to have heard Apperson say, “I hope I got him this time.”
George Zimmerman only suffered minor injuries to his face. Apperson has since surrendered his weapons after being told to stay away from Zimmerman. He’s facing multiple charges, including aggravated battery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and firing into an occupied vehicle.
Despite the police report’s depiction of Apperson as mentally unstable, his attorney, Mark NeJame, claims he’s “extremely confident” that his client would be cleared of all charges once it is proven that he was acting in self defense from George Zimmerman, according to BuzzFeed.
You can read the full police report here.
[Images courtesy of Getty and the Orlando Sentinel]