“My daughter is stuck in a fricking tree and there are gators surrounding her. We can’t get her out. She’s just 15!”
The frenzied call came in to the 911 dispatcher from a frightened mother at a creek in Astor, Florida on June 29, according to [CBS News}(https://www.cbsnews.com/news/alligator-shot-by-deputy-girl-forced-to-climb-tree-astor-florida-today-2018-07-03/). Her daughter, fifteen-year old Jordan Broderick, was forced to climb a tree to escape from an aggressive alligator that chased her while she was swimming in the water body.
She was in the tree for approximately a half-hour before Deputy Mitch Blackmon arrived on-scene. The nearly 11-foot gator was undeterred by the Deputy’s presence, and continued hissing. When the giant lizard began advancing toward the officer, he fired at it with his service rifle.
In his incident report, Deputy Mitch Blackmon states that “My presence failed to scare the alligator away, and it began encroaching on my area at which time I fired one single .223 round from my Bushmaster AR15 killing the alligator,” as reported by guns.com.
The gator sank back into the water and didn’t re-emerge, according to a statement Lake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sergeant Fred Jones gave to [CBS News}(https://www.cbsnews.com/news/alligator-shot-by-deputy-girl-forced-to-climb-tree-astor-florida-today-2018-07-03/). The Washington Post reports that the reptile was found dead later that evening, succumbing to the single gun shot wound to the head.