Alteria Woods: Pregnant Woman Killed By SWAT team: Did her boyfriend use her as a shield?
Alteria Woods was 21 years old and four months pregnant. She was planning on starting a new life as a mother. What her friends and family couldn't imagine was her death at the hands of Indian River County Sheriff's deputies in Florida.
But that's exactly what happened Sunday March 19, 2017 when Woods was gunned down in a hail of bullets at a Florida home during a SWAT raid.
Officers descended on the home to capture Woods' boyfriend and his father, according to news reports.
What isn't known is whether authorities knew that Woods was in the home. The sheriff has said that she was an innocent bystander in the bloody melee.
What has shocked people who knew the couple was that law enforcement officials allege that Woods' boyfriend used her as a human shield when officers fired upon him.
“Andrew Coffee IV cowardly was using her as protection,” Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar said, according to CBS News.
Woods' family said they are not being provided straight answers in the case.
“We don’t know what to do, no closure,” Arlene Cooper, Alteria’s aunt, told CBS.
"I feel justice haven’t been done in this community, and something needs to be done,” Cooper said.
Demonstrators took to the streets this week as activists called for calm among protesters.
The Coffees appeared in court Monday with the elder's bond being set at $93,000. and the younger being held on $307,000 bond.