Authorities in Lake Mary, Fla., were investigating an alleged domestic violence incident involving George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted earlier this year of all charges in connection with the fatal shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin.
The Orlando Sentinel reported that Zimmerman had been detained after a complaint filed by Zimmerman’s estranged wife in Lake Mary mid-afternoon on Sept. 9.
Police in the quiet community were investigating a possible domestic battery, according to the report. Zimmerman’s wife, who has filed for divorce, allegedly called police to report that Zimmerman threatened the family “with his hand on his gun.”
The early report also alleged that Zimmerman battered his father-in-law.
The newspaper, in its online report, said authorities said the investigation was in an early stage and it was unclear if there would be an arrest.
Lake Mary is not far from Sanford, where in February 2012, Zimmerman fatally shot Martin, who was black. Zimmerman claimed the shooting was in self-defense and he initially was not arrested by Sanford police.
Public outcry and a subsequent investigation by Florida authorities led to Zimmerman's arrest and trial. His acquittal in July prompted protests throughout Florida and across the country and led to broad discussions about stand-your-ground laws and racial profiling in America.
Editor's note: This story is developing.