U.S. police shoot fake alligator

KANSAS CITY, Mo Fri Jun 3, 2011 7:48am EDT

A close-up view shows an eye of an alligator at the Villa Lorena animal refuge centre in Cali March 23, 2011. Picture taken March 23, 2011. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga

A close-up view shows an eye of an alligator at the Villa Lorena animal refuge centre in Cali March 23, 2011. Picture taken March 23, 2011.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo (Reuters Life!) - Police in a suburb in the state of Missouri recently encountered one tough alligator -- or so they thought.

Officers in Independence, a Kansas City suburb, responded to a call on a Saturday evening about a large alligator lurking on the embankment of a pond, police spokesman Tom Gentry said Thursday.

An officer called a state conservation agent, who advised him to shoot the alligator because there was little that conservation officials could do at that time, Gentry said.

As instructed an officer shot the alligator, not once but twice, but both times the bullets bounced off -- because the alligator was made of cement.

The property owner told police later that he placed the ornamental gator by the pond to keep children away. But residents had little to fear.

"There are no alligators around here, we are too far north, it's too cold," said Bill Graham, spokesman for the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Gentry acknowledged the incident is drawing a lot of attention.

"In hindsight, it's humorous," he said. "But we have to take every call seriously."

(Writing and reporting by Kevin Murphy; Editing by Mary Wisniewski and Greg McCune)

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Comments (5)
RealNeil wrote:
I guess it’s a good way to keep unwanted people out of “Your Water”. I’m glad that a bullet ricochet didn’t hurt someone.

Jun 03, 2011 1:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
CharlieHorse wrote:
Once againt, the intellectual giants that are law enforcement make me glad that I’ve armed myself.

Jun 03, 2011 1:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
TheDeuceman wrote:
Ya know, if you “kill” enough of these concrete alligators you might have enough to recycle them into a roadway.

Darrow…for the Prosecution

Jun 03, 2011 10:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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