A 21-year-old woman is dead and a sheriff’s deputy is injured in Indian River County after an early morning SWAT raid Sunday in Gifford.
While preparing to serve a search warrant in connection with the February death of deputy Garry Chambliss, deputies saw Andrew Coffee III, 38, leave a house but try to return immediately when he saw officers, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.
Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar said that after a struggle at the door of the house, deputies took Coffee into custody. SWAT team members identified themselves as law enforcement and then broke a bedroom window.
It was then that Coffee’s son, Andrew Coffee IV, fired at least four shots from inside a bedroom of the house. SWAT team members returned fire, killing one person inside the house.
Loar identified the victim as Alteria Woods, 21. He told a press conference that the younger Coffee was using Woods as “protection” in a “cowardly act.”
Deputy Kelsey Zorc, who was grazed by a bullet in her shoulder, was treated and released, police said. The three SWAT team members who fired their weapons have been placed on paid administrative leave.
Police said five people, including Coffee and his son, were arrested in the incident, which remains under investigation.