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Sumter County deputies detain 4-foot gator in Dalzell driveway

BY KAYLA GREEN kayla@theitem.com
Posted 6/2/20

It was an unusual suspect that two Sumter County deputies detained last week.

At 4 feet long, he fit right in a crate after being caught roaming a Dalzell neighborhood and potentially posing a threat to children who were playing …

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Sumter County deputies detain 4-foot gator in Dalzell driveway

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It was an unusual suspect that two Sumter County deputies detained last week.

At 4 feet long, he fit right in a crate after being caught roaming a Dalzell neighborhood and potentially posing a threat to children who were playing outside.

Sumter County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Vito Cavalli and Sgt. Bob Lee responded to Whisperwood Drive on May 29 after a homeowner asked them to remove an alligator from her property. Ashley Lauren Westmoreland said she and others saw it in the driveway of her mother's neighbor's house as they were taking a walk.

Cavalli noticed upon arrival that children were playing outside, so he cornered the gator and was able to capture it and tape its mouth shut.

He said this was the first time he responded to an alligator call.

"That was a bucket list item," he said.

Lee has more experience with detaining gators as a deputy duty. He said he has responded to about 10 such calls and that one he caught was 7 feet long.

Lee put it in the backseat of his car and dropped it off in Manchester State Forest.