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Officers Responding to Shots Fired Call at Louisiana Home Discover Alligator Inside, Police Say

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Source: Baton Rouge Police Department

Jul. 31 2023, Published 10:03 a.m. ET

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In Louisiana, a standoff ended with the arrest of a 66-year-old man and the seizure of a small alligator, according to police.

Around 9 a.m. on July 26, officers responded to a home in Baton Rouge for a report of a shooting, according to local police departments.

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Once at the scene, officers spoke with a man who said someone fired a gun at him from inside the home, reported.

Court documents state the bullets went “through the wall where the victim was standing and barely missed him,” officials said.

Police confirmed the shots were fired from a .22 caliber rifle. The man was not hurt and called police.

A standoff ensued with the suspect, later identified as Rickey Miguez, inside the home, police said. During this time, officers learned there was an alligator inside the home.

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Officers eventually “had to forcefully enter the residence to apprehend” Miguez, reported.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries removed the alligator from the home and released it in a nearby creek.

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Miguez was arrested and charged with attempted second-degree murder, illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities and resisting an officer, police said.

He was also cited for illegally possessing an alligator, which officials said he faces up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail for this offense.

Miguez was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and his bond was set at $250,000.


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