There has been a lot of speculation over what really happened the night Florida teen Trayvon Martin was shot and killed. Pundits and experts have debated every detail of the event, from whether George Zimmerman — the neighborhood watchman who admitted to shooting Martin — was bleeding from a scuffle, to whose voice can be heard yelling on the 911 tape.
Now, for the first time, the report made that night by Sanford Police has been posted online, offering insight into the moments following the shooting, according to officers who responded to the scene.
The report includes written narrative from two officer which speaks to several hotly contested details. Perhaps the most discussion has centered around whether or not Zimmerman really did suffer injuries that he claimed occurred during a physical altercation with Martin, which ultimately ended in him shooting the teen in self-defense.
Sanford Officer Timothy Smith’s account reveals that Zimmerman alerted police that he had shot Martin when they arrived on the scene and that he still had the gun with him. Smith cuffed Zimmerman and removed a 9mm gun from his waistband. Smith also noticed Zimmerman was bleeding.
“While I was in such close contact with Zimmerman, I could observe that his back appeared to be wet and was covered in grass, as if he had been laying on his back on the ground,” Smith wrote. “Zimmerman was also bleeding from the nose and back of his head.”
According to Officer Ricardo Ayala, police did try to resuscitate Trayvon Martin after they discovered his body face down on the ground. Two officers performed CPR on Martin until paramedics arrived and took over.
“Sanford Fire Rescue arrived on scene and attempted to revive the subject, but could not. Paramedic Brady pronounced the subject deceased at 1930 hours,” Ayala wrote.
The narrative reveals that officers secured the area with crime scene tape and called “Major Crimes” to the scene. That night, at least two officers obtained statements from neighbors who served as witnesses. Zimmerman received first aid in the back of a police car before he was transported to the Sanford Police Department.
Officer Smith wrote that he overheard Zimmerman state while he received medical care, “I was yelling for someone to help me, but no one would help me.”
In the weeks after the shooting, Zimmerman’s family and attorney have claimed the voice heard crying for help on a neighbor’s 911 call belonged to him. Trayvon Martin’s parents, though, claim the frantic cries came from their son.
The police report states that Zimmerman was put into a room and interviewed by an investigator the night of the shooting. His gun was confiscated and placed into evidence. Zimmerman has not been charged and remains free. A special prosecutor recently re-launched the investigation from the beginning.