14-Foot Alligator Spotted with Lifeless Human Body in Canal

A massive alligator was caught Friday carrying the lifeless body of a Floridian down a canal.

A witness first spotted the 14-foot reptile with its victim clenched between its jaws on a residential street in Largo, a small community just four miles south of Clearwater.

“I could tell there was a body in his mouth, so I started recording,” witness JaMarcus Bullard told Spectrum Bay News 9.

Investigators near the alligator.
The massive alligator was spotted by a witness carrying a lifeless body in a canal.

Bullard, who was on his way to a job interview, alerted the Largo Fire Department, which was stationed just steps away from the gory scene.

Emergency personnel quickly pulled the gator from the water and shot it “a few times,” Bullard said.

“A lot of my neighbors were out here and they’re the ones that told me about the gator,” area resident Jennifer Dean told the outlet.

Investigators near the alligator.
Officials shot the animal to death after dragging it from the water, witnesses said.

“While we were standing here we heard a shot, I assume they killed the gator.”

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that both the victim and the gator were yanked from the canal, but refused to say whether they were the ones who pulled the trigger.

At the scene, investigators were standing next to the bloodied gator, which appeared to be at least 10 feet in length. 

Investigators near the alligator.
Officials have not yet determined the victim’s cause of death.

The area is near the popular Ridgecrest Park, which includes a 5-acre lake known to house alligators.

The gators routinely wander the neighborhood, according to Dean, but the one killed Friday was one of the biggest she ever encountered.

Investigators are still trying to determine the Floridian’s cause of death.

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