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Police Handcuff 7-Foot Alligator Approaching School

Associated Press

September 14, 2010

OLDSMAR, Fla. (AP) – Deputies in Florida had to handcuff a rather unusual suspect: a 7-foot-long alligator. A crossing guard at a Tampa-area school spotted the gator lounging near an elementary school Monday morning around the time children would be walking to school.

As she and three deputies waited for a trapper to arrive, the alligator started walking toward the children. Three deputies roped the gator’s neck and tail as the animal rolled and thrashed. Its tail broke off chunks of stucco from a nearby wall.

Deputies later secured the gator’s mouth with electrical tape and handcuffed its hind legs. Florida Fish and Wildlife officials took custody of the animal until the trapper arrived.

(Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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    Ahi

    almost 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    ha ha, well done officers!

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    Drill_Sergeant

    almost 4 years ago

    142 Comments

    The gator's attorney says charges are forthcoming based on reptile profiling and false arrest.

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    FAnthro

    almost 4 years ago

    60 Comments

    Next piece of patrol equipment will be the gater taser, and a big roll of tape.

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    Feez

    almost 4 years ago

    48 Comments

    Great job, but my initial thought regarding a plan of action would be different. If you have never had gator tail, you are missing a real treat.

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    walters45801

    almost 4 years ago

    26 Comments

    Would have loved to have been part of this or to at least see it.

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    VBST_Six

    almost 4 years ago

    116 Comments

    Nicely done. Gators are no joke. Work a few hurricanes and you learn real quick to watch yourself in shallow water.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    GEEZ!

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    philfroggy

    almost 4 years ago

    1564 Comments

    Very cool story, Good work

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    Whalewatcher

    almost 4 years ago

    11194 Comments

    Great work by all !! While not normally agressive, gators can be really mean when they feel threatened !!!

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    KBK463

    almost 4 years ago

    14 Comments

    Thats Great You never know whats going to happen on you shift.

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    SPINKS_SRT

    almost 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    haha now there's some bragging rights

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    Blueblood1974

    almost 4 years ago

    5204 Comments

    lol.lol

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    arroyol

    almost 4 years ago

    696 Comments

    Nice

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    SuzanneNGa

    almost 4 years ago

    16562 Comments

    Gator cuffs, the new rage in all of law enforcement lol

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    granny1

    almost 4 years ago

    1448 Comments

    cool, thars a story those kids wont forget any time soon.awesome work.

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