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Police officer becomes a temporary gator wrangler

The officer had a close encounter with a reptile who was found at a motel.
Credit: Clearwater Police Department

CLEARWATER, Fla. — A Clearwater police officer got up-close and personal with nature during a recent call.

Officer Kyle Bingham was called to a Super 8 motel on U.S. 19 when someone spotted a suspicious subject hanging out between two rooms. 

When he got there, he nabbed the culprit: a 2-foot baby gator.

Bingham helped relocated the gator to a nearby lake.

The officer does more than wrangle gators: He was one of the police officers who made the news recently when they bought a homeless man who had ripped his pants a new pair of trousers.

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