TODAY   |  September 11, 2013

iPad could yield details of George Zimmerman incident

Home security video released by police shows George Zimmerman’s estranged wife, Shellie, recording George with an iPad. Authorities say footage retrieved from the damaged device could affect whether charges are filed in a reported domestic dispute between the pair. NBC’s Kerry Sanders reports.

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>> half hour with new developments in the public dispute between george zimmerman and his estranged wife. kerry sanders is in lake mary , florida this morning with the story. good morning.

>> good morning, savannah. detectives here are reviewing videos from various sources to piece together exactly what happened. police say they believe a husband and wife involved in a divorce likely let their tempers get the best of a deteriorating situation.

>> turn around.

>> lake mary police approached george zimmerman .

>> walk back me.

>> as if he were an armed suspect. they responded to a 911 call from his wife shellie. he was threatening her with a weapon.

>> he is in his car and he continually has his hand on his gun and he keeps staying step closer. he is just threatening all of us with his firearm. and he's going to shoot us.

>> george zimmerman who claimed his wife was the aggressor back pedalled down the street hands in the air.

>> get on your knees.

>> police approach. you can see one officer has her weapon drawn. george zimmerman , acquitted in the second degree murder of 17-year-old trayvon martin put up no resistance. he was detained but not arrested. in the 911 call, shellie zimmerman claimed her estranged husband hit her father in the face.

>> my punched my dad in the nose. my dad has a mark on his face.

>> george zimmerman and his wife planned to split up household items when their encounter became heated. in this home security camera video released by police, you can see shelli zimmerman using her ipad to record george . police believe the two fought over their belongings and the ipad was smashed. detectives are trying to retrieve the footage from the broken ipad.

>> the video we have so far is inconclusive. that's why the ipad video is, at this point, the key piece.

>> police say that if they can retrieve that ipad video it may best explain what happened and if charges are warranted. meantime, attorney mark o'mara who represented george zimmerman in the criminal trial tells nbc news he does not represent him in his divorce and has no comment. shelli zimmerman 's attorney did not return calls to nbc news.