Yesterday, Fox News media critic Howard Kurtz lamented the “downward spiral” of George Zimmerman, whom Kurtz said was “accused of threatening his wife with a gun and beating up her father.” It is now being reported, however, that no gun was involved in the incident and police cannot confirm that Zimmerman beat up his father-in-law:

Deputy Police Chief Colin Morgan said officers did not recover a gun, and Bracknell said Shellie Zimmerman later dropped her claim that a gun was involved.

“Domestic violence can’t be invoked because she has changed her story and says she didn’t see a firearm,” Bracknell said.

The dispute “was between him and his wife and her father,” Morgan said. “There were some allegations that there had been an assault, but we could not confirm any of it.”

Hours later, Kurtz still has not posted an update or correction.

As a wise reporter once said, it sometimes pays to wait for the facts.