City Manager confirms report that Trayvon Martin was shot after punching, slamming George Zimmerman

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George Zimmerman told police in Sanford, Florida, that he shot Trayvon Martin after being punched in the nose and having his head slammed into the sidewalk, said City Manager Nolan Bonaparte Jr, reports Michael Bender of Bloomberg News.

Bonaparte confirmed an Orlando Sentinel report yesterday that detailed Zimmerman’s side of story. Zimmerman, whose mother is Hispanic and father is white, claimed self-defense in the Feb. 26 shooting of Martin, an unarmed, black 17-year-old, and hasn’t been arrested.

Zimmerman, 28, hasn’t spoken publicly and is in hiding because of death threats. The disclosure of his post-shooting statement to police is the first significant airing of his version of events.

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