- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

ORANGE, Texas (AP) - Texas wildlife officials will not pursue charges against a man who fatally shot an 11-foot alligator days after the reptile killed a swimmer.

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department announced Thursday that the man, who had no permit to hunt alligators, was issued a warning.

The man, whose name wasn’t released, told investigators that he killed the 400-pound gator because he feared for the safety of his family and others.

Tommie Woodward of Orange was mauled to death July 3 during a late-night swim in a marina. The alligator was killed Monday near where Woodward’s maimed body was recovered. Some of Woodward’s remains were inside the carcass.

Conviction for illegal harvest of an alligator carries a maximum fine of $500.

Woodward formerly was from the St. Louis area.

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