Law/Justice

Man acquitted of shooting at deputies in raid that led to death of girlfriend

By Denise Sawyer, Jay O’Brien

Jurors found Andrew Coffee IV not guilty on charges of felony murder and attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, on Friday, determining he acted in self-defense when firing at deputies during a SWAT raid in 2017.

When the gunfire ended, Coffee’s girlfriend, 21-year-old Alteria Woods, was found dead. She had been caught in the crossfire, shot 10 times by deputies.

The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office called the verdict “disappointing” but maintains its deputies acted appropriately during the raid.

Deputies with the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office raided Coffee’s home around 5am in March, 2017. Their target was his father, Andrew Coffee III, who they suspected of dealing drugs.

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