A 22-year-old man suspected of burglarizing homes in Florida was killed and partially eaten by an 11-foot alligator after he waded into a lake, apparently to avoid detection by law enforcement officers pursuing him, police said on Tuesday.
An autopsy on the man determined that he drowned in November after an apparent alligator attack. A necropsy on the alligator revealed parts of the man's body in the reptile's stomach, according to a report released this week by the Brevard County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff's deputies chased him and another suspect with dogs and a helicopter on Nov. 13 after residents in the Barefoot Bay community reported two men walking behind houses, authorities said.
No suspects were caught that night. His body was found 10 days later floating in a lake, with an aggressive gator standing guard, sheriff's Major Tod Goodyear said.
"I believe he was hiding," Goodyear said of how he ended up in the lake. "With the dogs out there, it's not a bad idea to go into the water."
Well, apparently in this case, it was.