JSO officers, trapper help capture gator outside 104-year-old grandma’s home

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — On Monday two Jacksonville Sheriff’s officers had a run-in 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 a gator on the run.

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

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

Then Kopp stops and gives the gator a mock-lecture.

“You are under arrest,” Kopp says in the video. “You’ve gotta leave those grandmas alone. We’re gonna take you downtown.

“Let’s go.”

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 home, a 104-year-old grandmother, was thankful to everyone involved in catching the gator.

JSO said, “All in a day’s work.”

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