Originally Posted by Pawnmower
You make it sound like freddy kruger was chasing someone with a knife...
A man approached him and asked him what he was doing in the neighborhood. At some point, he punched the man in the face and got on top of him.
If the man did not do anything other than ask him what he was doing, then hell yes, he 'suddenly' became the attacker when he throws a punch...
His girlfriend has stated that he was scared. She also stated that it sounded like he was pushed or physically contacted.
As a kid being followed by a stranger in the dark. Being chased when you run between homes to get away from the stranger. He doesn't have to be Freddy Kreuger. It's reasonable for a person to be scared enough to defend themselves. He tried to get away, and couldn't so he resorted to defense. Fight or flight instinct.
At no time did Zimmerman identify himself or make it clear what his purpose/intent was. I'm sure he didn't think it was necessary because he thought he was apprehending a criminal.