|MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla.
- A man fleeing on foot from police was killed
and partially eaten by an alligator in Miccosukee
Miccosukee police responded to a call on the
Miccosukee Indian Reservation about vehicles being
Police allegedly captured one man, but another
fled on foot and dove into a retention pond. The
man apparently did not see the warning signs posted,
of the danger of live alligators in the retention
pond behind the casino and hotel.
Eyewitnesses said they were yelling to the man
to swim back to shore, but when the man finally
spotted the alligator, witnesses said he screamed
and then disappeared underwater.
The alligator was later trapped and brought to
All American Gator in Pembroke Park.
The alligator was well known on the reservation
and employees had nicknamed it "Poncho."
State law requires an alligator be destroyed,
should an accident occur resulting in digestion
or death of a human. The alligator will eventually
be incinerated or buried.
All American Gator Owner Brian Wood said he's
been told to keep the alligator in storage until
the Miami-Dade medical examiner can inspect the
"Some gators have a nasty disposition and
he was a nasty gator. He seemed to have no fear
of people which indicates that he was fed,"
The body was recovered Friday by divers 50 feet
below at the bottom of the lake.
The man was bitten on the head several times.
The man's identity has no yet been released.
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