George Zimmerman, the Sanford, Florida, man who killed teen Trayvon Martin last year, told police early Monday morning that he is now working security at night for a DeLand gun and motorcycle business, though he is not confirmed as an employee.
Zimmerman was seen near Pompano Pat’s store, which is owned by mayor candidate Pat Johnson, at about 12:30 a.m. Monday, said police Sgt. Chis Estes, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
Estes said that officers could not confirm with Johnson if he had asked Zimmerman to take on the job. Zimmerman said that the store owner had requested his services because of a recent robbery.
Johnson’s gun sales manager, Sam Porter, said that Zimmerman did not have ties to 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,” Porter said.
Still, Zimmerman has had a friendly relationship with Johnson in the past. After Zimmerman was tried for second-degree murder and manslaughter and then acquitted, Johnson offered to give Zimmerman a free gun to replace the firearm that police had taken from him. The trial was racially charged and received national attention, with many people expressing outrage at the jury’s verdict.
According to a police report, Johnson’s shop was robbed about two weeks ago. Zimmerman said Johnson asked him to leave his dog at the store to deter burglars, and Zimmerman wanted to wait with his dog at the shop to make sure things went okay that night.
Source: Daytona Beach News-Journal, Image Credit: Associated Press, ABC News