Lawn ornaments, beware. Independence police will shoot to kill. Earlier this week, Rick Sheridan found police officers shooting his concrete alligator, according to Fox
Independence police had received a call from a man saying his son had spotted a gator in a creek. Police hit the scene and, with the go-ahead from the Missouri Conservation Department, attempted to put down the gator. The TV station reported that after two shots, the officers realized that they were dealing with a fake gator.
"The officer fired two rounds, and killed my concrete, ornamental
alligator," Sheridan told Fox
The officers contacted Sheridan and apologized for shooting his fake gator. Police claimed that Sheridan said he'd put the gator in his yard to keep children off his property. They told him a "No Trespassing" sign would suffice.
However, Sheridan told Fox 4 that he didn't put the gator there to frighten children, although he has a problem with kids trespassing on his property.
I'm a little shocked that the first option for handling a gator is to blast it with a shotgun. Still, if we're talking lawn gnomes, I wouldn't mind blasting one of those underwear-thieving fuckers. They have it coming.