On Friday, a giant alligator was caught carrying the lifeless body of a Floridian through a canal.
A witness first spotted the mammoth reptile with its victim among the pines on a residential street in Largo, a small community just four miles south of Clearwater.
“I could tell there was a body in his mouth so I started recording,” witness JaMarcus Bullard told Spectrum Bay News 9.
Bullard, who was on his way to a job interview, alerted the Largo Fire Department, which was stationed just steps from the bloody crime scene.
Rescue personnel quickly pulled the alligator out of the water and shot it “a few times,” Bullard said.
“A lot of my neighbors were out here and they told me about the alligator,” resident Jennifer Dean told the outlet.
“While we were standing here we heard a gunshot, I assume they killed the alligator.”
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that both the victim and the alligator were pulled from the canal, but declined to say whether they were the ones who pulled the trigger.
At the crime scene, investigators stood next to the bloody alligator, which appeared to be at least three meters long.
The area is near the popular Ridgecrest Park, which includes a 5-acre lake teeming with alligators.
According to Dean, alligators routinely wander through the neighborhood, but the alligator killed Friday was one of the largest she has ever encountered.
Investigators are still trying to determine the Floridian’s cause of death.