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Fla. Cop Shoots, Kills 10-Foot Gator

June 11, 2013  | 

Screenshot via WESH.
Screenshot via WESH.
A Daytona Beach (Fla.) Police officer shot and killed an aggressive alligator in a retention pond, after children began throwing things at it and poking it with sticks.

The alligator, which measured more than 10 feet in length, needed to be put down, after it made aggressive movements toward the children, police told the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

The officer arrived at the pond shortly after 12:40 p.m. Friday and used his patrol rifle.

Comments (8)

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Fred Reid @ 6/11/2013 2:41 PM

Well if kids were throwing things and poking ME with a stick, I'd probably make aggressive movements too...

Nichole @ 6/12/2013 3:58 AM

I agree with Fred. I'd be none too pleased myself.

Trigger @ 6/12/2013 4:39 AM

I am not too keen of gators however why was the gator killed. Sounds like it was just defending itself "The alligator needed to be put down after it made aggressive movements toward the children". I hope that the kids got their asses whooped for this stupidty.

House @ 6/12/2013 5:40 AM

@trigger well the gator was killed because it was gonna eat some dumb kids who couldnt leave it alone. its a shame the poor animal was killed but you know what thats what we gotta do sometimes! i know you see all these other stories bout police down here wrestling them but its just crazy cuz they run a good chance of gettin chewed up

Jenann @ 6/12/2013 7:05 AM

Trigger, I agree with you totally. Poking and throwing things at a gator is definately going to make it aggressive! I don't know how old these "kids" were , but they need some serious training on respecting any live creature; what next, abusing cats or dogs! Make them all go to a vet clinic, or a zoo, to see first hand why they should NOT mistreat any creature! Too bad animal control couldn't "relocate" the gator.

Steve @ 6/12/2013 7:37 AM

Can't blame the officer as he was gonna get ripped from someone no matter what he did...parents of "kids" or ASPCA.
If these "kids" got close enough to the gator to poke it, sounds like it wasn't all that aggressive to begin with. Where are the TV "gator catchers" when ya need 'em?

tiny @ 6/13/2013 5:34 AM

I imagine that it was not the kids who were aware of it that were terribly at risk as much as some unsuspecting other person in the area who esaliy could have been attacked by the agitated alligator who would be most at risk. Shame anything has to die but within a community that communities safety has to outweigh the loss of a dangerous animals life.

Kitty @ 12/16/2014 8:09 PM

Just leave the gator alone the kids is stupid poking a stick, that's why alligator get mad and aggressive to kids and people, the cop have to shot the gator

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