Concrete Gator No Longer a Problem
Rick Sheridan of Independence Missouri was working in his garage when he heard shots. Police were lined up on the bank of a creek, shooting at a large reptile in Sheridan's yard. The officer only shot twice before realizing what he was up against. The large reptile ended up being an ornamental lawn statue. "The officer fired two rounds, and killed my concrete, ornamental alligator," Sheridan said. From KY3.com.
Sheridan had put it there to keep children from trespassing in his yard. The officers apologized for shooting Sheridan's lawn figure. They also suggested using "No Trespassing" signs instead. Sheridan had before, but vandals had removed them.
Why were the officers so ready to shoot? There had been reports of gators in the area, and when called in the officers were told to go ahead and take the alligator out if found.