George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin, told police he was working night security at a Florida gun dealer after being discovered sitting in his truck outside the store after midnight Sunday evening.
According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Zimmerman was questioned in front of Pompano Pat’s, a retailer specializing in guns, ammunition, and motorcycles located in Deland.
Pompano Pat’s is owned by Pat Johnson, currently running for DeLand mayor.
According to Sgt. Chris Estes, “He said he had permission from Pat Johnson to do night security but our officers could not make contact with Pat Johnson to verify that so we did an information report.”
The police report states that Zimmerman told officers that Johnson asked him if he would leave his dog inside the business, following a recent burglary at the store.
Zimmerman said he stayed for the evening with his dog so he could keep an eye on the business, adding he would be doing night time security for an “indeterminate” time.
The gun sales manager at Pompano Pat’s said Zimmerman is not employed by the the shop.
“George Zimmerman is not an employee of the business and he is not getting paid in any way, shape or form by Pompano Pat’s,” Sam Porter said.
Porter claims he was aware that Zimmerman was outside the store Sunday evening but referred further questions to the owner.
Zimmerman was arrested by police 44 days after a public outcry following the shooting death of Martin, an African-American teen returning home in the dark after purchasing Skittles and iced tea at a local convenience store.
In July of 2013, a Florida jury acquitted Zimmerman of murder charges, believing Zimmerman was attacked by the teen and was in fear for his life.
Since that time, Zimmerman has had several run-ins with the law, including speeding tickets, threatening his now ex-wife and her father, and being charged with aggravated assault with a weapon after barricading himself in his girlfriend’s home. His girlfriend later withdrew the charge and dropped her request for a restraining order.
In late June, a Florida judge tossed out a libel lawsuit Zimmerman filed against NBC Universal, claiming they broadcast an edited phone call attempting to portray him as a racist.