Myakka City, Florida -- A 17-year-old boy was arrested Monday after a deputy saw him toss a severed gator tail off a bridge.
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office says the deputy was heading north on Wauchula Road when he saw three juveniles on the bridge near the 9400 block of Wauchula Road.
The deputy reported he saw the one of the teens throw something over the bridge and, when he walked down to the bottom of the bridge, saw it was a freshly severed gator tail that landed on the rocks. Two rifles were also found in the teens' possession, leaned up against the guard rail of the bridge.
The deputy stayed with the teens and called FWC to take over the investigation.
FWC officials say they arrested one of the teens, a 17-year-old, who told them he shot the gator because it was coming towards one of his friends. Officials say they are not buying the teen's self defense story because the gator's tail was then chopped off and does not fit with Stand Your Ground. He was charged with possession of a firearm and felony possession of taking an alligator due to the fact it is not in season and he did not have a license.
The rest of the gator has not yet been found.