Monday, June 13, 2011
I Thought This Stuff Only Happened In Florida
A police officer in Independence, Missouri, who thought he was killing an alligator on the loose actually shot a life-size concrete lawn ornament. The police department ended up apologizing to Rick Sheridan, the cement gator’s owner. Sheridan heard gunfire as he was working in his garage last weekend. When he went out to see what was going on, he discovered several police officers with their guns drawn. “The officer fired two rounds and killed my concrete, ornamental alligator,” Sheridan said. The police department said a man called to report his children had seen an alligator. The police department checked with state conservation officials and were told they should kill the animal if they could find it. Sheridan said he has found the alligator to be more effective than “No Trespassing” signs to keep strangers from wandering onto his property. He said vandals just rip the signs down. LINK
This is the reason that I have one of those "Lawn Gnomes" in my front yard.