Florida man arrested for shooting alligator with pellet gun, deputies say

(Photo via Brevard County Sheriff's Office)

A Florida man was arrested Sunday for reportedly shooting an alligator that was swimming in a body of water behind his house with a pellet gun, according to a Brevard County affidavit.

When deputies arrived to 20-year-old Peyton Anderson's home on Siderwheel Drive in Rockledge, he admitted to shooting the gator, the Brevard County Sheriff's Office said.

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Deputies reviewed video that captured the shooting and said, prior to it being shot, the gator did not appear to be a threat to people or pets.

"The alligator was visibly in distress or pain after being shot," the affidavit stated. 

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Anderson is facing two charges including animal cruelty.