Dashcam Video Released of Attempted Murder of Deputy

By Faye Higbee

Dashcam video released of attempted murder of Florida Deputy

An Indian River County, Florida Deputy was punched in the face and shot after pulling over a man who didn’t have a tag on his moped at around 03:20 a.m. Friday morning.

Clear murder attempt

The dashcam video of the incident is extremely clear- Andrew Coffee only briefly complied with Deputy Chris Lester,26. He then sucker punched the officer in the face, pulled a gun from his waistband, stood over him and shot him. Fortunately he was a lousy shot and Lester was able to return fire in the ensuing gunfight and foot chase.

NBC reported,

Lester’s dashcam camera captured the deputy requesting Coffee, who has a long, violent criminal record, to put his hand on the hood of his patrol car multiple times after warning him: “Don’t go reaching for anything.” In the video, Coffee briefly puts his hands on the hood, but then removes them and repeatedly asks, “what’s the problem.”

Coffee then punched the officer without warning. After an exchange of gunfire, Lester did attempt to chase him on foot, in spite of his injury.  Deputies with a K9 unit later discovered Coffee hiding in a stack of crates at a nearby fruit packing company.

Wounded, but ok

Deputy Lester was shot in the leg and released from the hospital on Friday evening. He has been with the Indian County Sheriff’s Office only since July of 2014. He is reportedly engaged to be married.

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Deputy Chris Lester

Coffee, on the other hand was shot in the torso and leg and underwent surgery- he is listed in stable condition.

Andrew Coffee is a thug, plain and simple. He was released from prison in 2014 from charges of attempted murder with a firearm. He was arrested on Dec 3, 2015 on drug charges. He has 11 felony arrests, 4 convictions, as well as 5 misdemeanor arrests and 3 convictions.

Andrew Coffee – Indian River County Sheriff photo

***WARNING*** Graphic Video AttachedIndian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar released the attached dash cam video to the media this afternoon. Last night, Deputy Christopher Lester stopped Andrew Coffee driving a scooter for having no tag on the vehicle. As Deputy Lester attempted to place Coffee under arrest, he punched Deputy Lester, drew a revolver from his waistband and fired. Deputy Lester was struck once in the leg and returned fire striking Coffee twice. Deputy Lester is at the Indian River Medical Center in good condition, while Coffee is undergoing surgery at Lawnwood Medical Center.

Posted by Indian River County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, December 18, 2015