ALLIGATOR ARREST: Florida police officers wrangle 9-foot beast in street

Tampa officers jump on alligator before trapper arrives

TAMPA, Fla. – Just another day in Florida?

Tampa police officers had an interesting encounter Wednesday morning when they found a 9-foot alligator in the road, according to WFLA-TV.

At one point in the video, an officer is holding a rope around the gator’s mouth when the animal lunges.

Two of the officers then got onto the gator’s back and held it down while waiting for a trapper to arrive.

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“I’ve seen the deputies deal with them. Tampa police, not so much, so I was really surprised and happy when I just showed up and saw they were putting me out of a job,” Phil Walters, an alligator trapper contracted with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, told WFLA. “And they did a great job. So I guess there’s some good ol’ boys on the TPD, they had that thing taken care of for me.”

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Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.