David Gee, Sheriff
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Release Number: 14-180
- For Immediate Release:
- Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
- May 15, 2014
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The Medical Examiner's Office will determine the cause of death.
- May 14, 2014
- Time: 7:00 PM
- Edward Medard Park
- 5726 Panther Loop
- Plant City, Florida
2614 Keysville Dr.
On May 14, 2014 at 7:07 p.m., a park ranger working at Edward Medard Park discovered a deceased male. Deputies arrived on scene and found the male down a trail near the shoreline of the lake, laying partially in the water near a tackle box and fishing pole. There were no visible signs of trauma to the body and the official cause of death is pending autopsy.
During their investigation, deputies noticed a lot of gator activity which increased as daylight faded. While waiting for the Medical Examiner's Office to respond, one alligator (6-8 feet long) began circling in front of the deceased. Then, the gator began swimming directly towards the deceased. Fearing that the body was possibly about to be tampered with, if not lost all together, one deputy discharged one round and struck the alligator in the skull just behind the right eye. Upon being struck, the alligator immediately submerged under water and was not seen again. Florida Wildlife Conservation was notified of the incident.