Tuesday 15 December 2015

Florida burglary suspect eaten by alligator after fleeing police

Autopsy finds Matthew Riggins drowned last month after alligator attack

Suspect apparently entered lake to hide from police chasing him


Tuesday 8 December 2015 17.15 GMTLast modified on Tuesday 8 December 201517.21 GMT

A 22-year-old man suspected of burglarizing homes in Florida was killed and partially eaten by an 11ft (3.4-meter) 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, Matthew Riggins of Palm Bay, 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 Riggins and another suspect with dogs and a helicopter on 13 November, after residents in the Barefoot Bay community reported two men walking behind houses, authorities said.

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