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GIFFORD, Fla. -- One person is dead and a deputy was shot in Indian River County while members of their S.W.A.T. team attempted to serve a search warrant early Sunday.

The Indian River County Sheriff's Office (IRSCO) says their S.W.A.T. team attempted to serve the search warrant in the 4500 block of 35th Avenue in Gifford at approximately 5:45 a.m. Sunday.

The search warrant was served in conjuction with the Indian River County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit as a part of Operation Safe Streets.

IRCSO says as the S.W.A.T. Team approached the house under the cover of darkness and positioned themselves to execute the search warrant, 38-year-old Andrew Coffee III exited the residence, and upon seeing law enforcement officers, attempted to flee back inside.

As deputies struggled to take Coffee III into custody, shots were fired from inside the residence at deputies.

Three S.W.A.T. Team members returned fire and one person inside the residence was killed.

One deputy was grazed by a bullet in her shoulder and another deputy was shot, but injry was prevented by the deputy's ballistic vest.

Five people, including Andrew Coffee III and his son, 23-year-old Andrew Coffee IV, were taken into custody from the residence.

Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar stated, "Early this morning, our S.W.A.T. Team took fire while attempting to serve a high risk search warrant in the Gifford Area. The last time the Indian River County Sheriff's Office discharged a firearm was December 18, 2015, when Deputy Chris Lester was shot by Andrew Coffee II, a career criminal who remains in our jail. The Coffee family has a history of violence against law enforcement. Our S.W.A.T. Team is to be commended for their bravery this morning as they again put their lives on the line to apprehend career criminals."

The three deputies who fired their weapons were placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation, in accordance with standard procedure.

Operation Safe Streets began on February 20, 2017, and has resulted in four search warrants, the arrest of 16 persons, and the seizure of trafficking amounts of crack cocaine along with two weapons.

According to IRCSO, Andrew Coffee III has more than 57 arrests and Andrew Coffee IV has more than 36 arrests.

At this time, the name of the deceased is not being released. More information will be added to this story as it becomes available.

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