A young pregnant woman was shot dead in a SWAT raid in Florida after her boyfriend used her as a shield.
Alteria Woods, 21, was killed during a shootout when police tried to execute a search warrant on a suspected drug house in Gifford, south east of Orlando, on Sunday.
Police were targeting her boyfriend Andrew Coffee IV, 23, and his father Andrew Coffee III, 37, when she was caught in the crossfire.
Alteria Woods, 21, was killed during a shootout in Florida on Sunday when her boyfriend Andrew Coffee IV opened fire on police at they tried to execute a search warrant on his home
Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar said a SWAT team approached the home at 5.45am when the father tried to run.
While he created what the sheriff described as a 'ruckus' with deputies, his son started firing rounds at deputies from a bedroom window that deputies had broken in an attempt to enter the home.
Deputies started to return fire and fatally struck Woods who was lying on a bed in the room with her boyfriend.
'He was cowardly using her as protection,' Loar said, adding that the younger Coffee fired no less than four rounds.
Loar said the agency's thoughts and prayers were with the Woods family.
'It's a sad day when a 21-year-old loses her life,' he said, blaming the 'tragic incident' on the younger Coffee.
Police said Woods was fatally struck when her 'coward' boyfriend used her to protect himself
A SWAT team approached the suspected drug house early Sunday morning to execute a search warrant. The younger Coffee started firing at officers from a bedroom in the house
SWAT team deputy Kelsey Zorc was grazed by a bullet in the shootout and was treated in hospital for the injuries to her shoulder.
His father Andrew Coffee III, 37, had tried to run when police arrived. He was also arrested and now faces multiple charges
Inside the Coffee home, investigators allegedly found drugs, including pain pills, crack cocaine and powdered cocaine, along with a stash of firearms.
Both Coffee men were arrested and now face multiple charges.
Investigators said the Coffee family had a history of violence against law enforcement and they were known as 'career criminals' to authorities.
According to Loar, the elder Coffee has more than 57 arrests while his son has been arrested more than 36 times.
In addition, Andrew Coffee III's father - Andrew Coffee Jr., 54 - has been in jail since December 2015 for attempting to kill a sheriff's deputy.
Loar said that during a traffic stop less than two weeks ago, the younger Coffee told deputies: 'I'm going to finish what my grandfather tried to do.'
A judge set bond on Monday at $307,000 for the younger Coffee and $102,000 for his father.
Authorities have blamed Woods' death on her boyfriend, saying the agency's thoughts and prayers were with her family