Zoo officials say they support a deputy’s use of force that killed Eko.
Eko was an 8-year-old Malayan tiger, which are critically endangered.
A cleaning services contractor climbed a 4.5 foot fence on Wednesday night.
He entered an unauthorized area and stuck his hand in Eko’s cage to pet the tiger.
The tiger bit the man’s arm between the hand and elbow and would not let go.
Police have released body camera footage after they arrived on the scene.
Police asked people standing nearby if they had tranquilizers, but they said no.
A deputy shot the tiger one time and Eko later died from the gunshot wound.
Many residents lamented the decision, saying it was an “unfortunate incident.”