Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 11-157

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • May 12, 2011
    • Contact Person:
    • Detective Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8094

    Update On Alligator Bite Of Trapper

    Deputy shoots when alligator bites trapper.
    • Wednesday
    • May 11, 2011
    • Time: 7:43 PM
    • 913 US 301 S
    • Tampa, FL

    Deputy Involved:

    Deputy Heyden Ayure, age 25
    Assigned to Uniform Patrol District 2
    3 year veteran

    Fresh Water Game Commission:

    Trapper John Wilson, age 45
    Licensed Trapper for 11 years


    On May 11, 2011 at 7:43 p.m., deputies were called to 913 US 301 S in Palm River to check on a report of a loose alligator near the roadway. Deputy Heyden Ayure arrived on scene and located the alligator which was approximately 7 feet in length.

    Licensed trapper John Wilson responded and during the process of capturing the alligator, the gator spun around and bit down on the trapper's lower leg.

    Deputy Ayure was in close proximity to the alligator and, in fear for himself and other citizens and the trapper, discharged his firearm several times striking the alligator in the head and neck. The alligator was deceased at the scene and removed by a trapper. Wilson was transported to Brandon Regional Hospital where he was treated and released.

    Deputy Ayure works midnight shift and is not available for comment at this time.

    For further information regarding this incident, please contact Gary Morse with Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.
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