Police: Man arrested, alligator removed from Cleveland home

CLEVELAND (AP) – Police say they’ve arrested a man who barricaded himself inside his Cleveland home with an alligator.

Officers responded to the home Thursday for a reported domestic disturbance.

Police called the SWAT team and, once inside, an officer laid on top of the alligator while others taped its mouth shut. The alligator was turned over to animal control.

Chief Animal Control Officer Ed Jamison tells WEWS-TV that the animal is 5 to 6 feet long and is “very dangerous.” He says it’s the second alligator they’ve found in the city this year.

Officials tell WKYC-TV that the state plans to pick the alligator up tomorrow and take it to an exotic animal rescue in South Carolina.

The man was arrested and authorities didn’t immediately identify the man.

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