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George Zimmerman Is a "Sandy Hook Waiting to Happen," Says Florida Cop

Lake Mary Police Chief Steve Bracknell received emails from a citizen saying George Zimmerman was a "ticking time bomb" and another "Sandy Hook" waiting to happen.

And, as it is, Bracknell said he agreed with the emailer.

Of course, now that the news is out, Bracknell is backtracking on that statement and said he meant it more like Zimmerman seems to be involved in incidents with guns and not so much like he's going to end up shooting a bunch of people.

Silly police chief; Zimmerman can't be another Sandy Hook when he's already a "George Zimmerman."

The emails came after Zimmerman's latest incident, which was an apparent domestic dispute with his wife, Shellie.

According to Think Progress, a Lake Mary resident was upset that police didn't arrest Zimmerman (Shellie and her father did not press charges) and sent Bracknell a strongly worded email criticizing the cops and Zimmerman.

In the email, the resident calls Zimmerman a "ticking time bomb," saying that he's another "Sandy Hook" waiting to happen.

Bracknell responded to the email, dated September 10, 2013, and said, "Your reference to Sandy Hook... I agree."

Lake Mary Police were called to a home last Monday after Zimmerman supposedly got involved in an altercation with Shellie and her father. Shellie said George punched her father. She also said George was threatening them with his gun.

"He's in his car, and he continually has his hand on his gun and keeps saying, 'Step closer,'" Shellie told the 911 dispatcher. "He's just threatening all of us.

"I don't know what he's capable of," she added. "I'm really scared."

But police say George told them Shellie and her father were the aggressors in the altercation.

In the end, the charges were dropped, although police say they're investigating an iPad Zimmerman reportedly smashed that captured some of the incident on video.

When reached by the media to comment on the emails after they were made public, Bracknell backtracked and said he was "referring to the fact that [Zimmerman] seems to be involved in incidents" involving guns.

Among some recent incidents, Zimmerman was pulled over twice for speeding -- once in Texas, where he was carrying a gun. He also apparently was seen buying himself a tactical gun.

And now, this recent incident with Shellie.

Neither Bracknell nor the Lake Mary Police Department made any further comments on the email matter.

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