The 400 lb. gator was shot in Texas and human remains were discovered inside it

By Rose Minutaglio
July 07, 2015 03:25 PM
Jake Daniels/The Beaumont Enterprise/AP

An 11-foot, 400 lb. alligator found shot dead in a Orange, Texas, bayou Monday afternoon has been identified as the same animal that killed a 28-year-old man during a late-night swim on July 3.

According to KHOU, Orange County justice of the peace judge Rodney Price said the animal still had body parts of Tommie Woodward inside of it when officials discovered the carcass.

Tommie Wooward
Tommie Wooward

Game wardens are looking for the perpetrators that killed the gator.

Game warden Rod Ousley with the Texas Parks Wildlife Beaumont District told the Beaumont Enterprise that killing an alligator is a class C misdemeanor that is punishable by a fine up to $500. He says that those who shot the animal should have called the wildlife department and waited for their help.

People posing near the body of an alligator at Burkart's Marina
Jake Daniels/The Beaumont Enterprise/AP

Local residents told KDFM that large alligators had been spotted two weeks prior to the attack in surrounding waters, which prompted them to put a sign that read “No Swimming, Alligators.”

Woodward defied those warning signs and jumped into the banks of the bayou around 2:30 a.m. on June 3. An autopsy later revealed that the alligator drowned him.

According to KDFM, Woodward will be buried near his home in St. Louis.