JSO officers and trapper help capture alligator outside 104-year-old grandmother’s home – Action News Jax

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — On Monday, two Jacksonville Sheriff’s deputies got into a confrontation with an escape artist.


Officer Kopp and Officer Johnson responded to a home near Atlantic Boulevard and Art Museum Drive when a call came in about an alligator running away.

Trapper Dragich was quickly dispatched to help capture the juvenile alligator.

“We can’t handcuff him,” Kopp laughs as he walks the alligator out of the woman’s backyard.

Then Kopp stops and gives the alligator a mock lecture.

“You’re under arrest,” Kopp says in the video. “You have to leave those grandmothers alone. We will take you to the center.

“Come on.”

Draguch said the 5-foot catch of the day is alive and well and was moved to a different location for release.

The owner of the house, a 104-year-old grandmother, thanked everyone involved in capturing the alligator.

JSO said: “All in a day’s work.”

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