Cop Rescues Alligator From Parking Lot - With His Bare Hands
Officers said alligators are common in the area.
A Florida sheriff's deputy may have the last name Coward, but he certainly isn’t one.
After Deputy Cameron Coward of the St. Johns County Sheriff’s office spotted a small alligator in a parking lot Tuesday, he took matters into his own hands — literally.
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“He was walking through a parking lot and saw the four-foot alligator,” Commander Chuck Mulligan told InsideEdition.com. "The alligator had gotten out on the Fourth of July and was near roadways, so the deputies had a concern for the gator."
Mulligan said that while officers usually call in the local wildlife commission for large alligators, Coward handled the animal himself.
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“He threw a bag over its head. It’s a normal issue to see alligators. He just picked it up and put it back retention pond so it didn’t get hit by a car,” Mulligan said. “Had it been a 10-12 foot one, they would have handled it differently.”
Neither the alligator nor the officer was harmed during the rescue.
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