Andrew Coffee Jr. guilty

Andrew Coffee Jr. guilty

UPDATE: Andrew Coffee Junior found guilty of attempted first degree murder of a law enforcement officer.


A homeless man said he was only a feet away when he saw Indian River County Deputy Christopher Lester pull over Andrew Coffee Jr. the night of Dec. 18, 2015.

As Lester called in the traffic stop, the homeless man, Robert Lombardi, was sleeping on 45th Street.

"And when I looked up, I had seen the flashing lights from a police car," said Lombardi Tuesday afternoon in court.

Lombardi first thought he was going to be told to move, but that wasn't the case.  Instead, he watched as the two men engaged for a bit.

Then Lombardi said the demeanor of the man on the scooter, Andrew Coffee Jr., changed dramatically after the deputy said he just wanted to check him out to make sure he had nothing illegal on him.

"He punched the officer in the face with his right hand, knocked glasses off.  Officer dropped flashlight, stumbled back and as he followed through with punch, reached back and a gun came out and he started walking toward officer with the gun," testified Lombardi.

Lombardi said the other man fired at least once when the deputy was running away.

"How neither one of them got killed is a miracle," said Lombardi.

One of the first arriving deputies after the shooting also took the stand Tuesday, testifying that the bullet that hit Lester, was located in the deputy's sock.

Lester is expected to take the stand Wednesday.  The trial is expected to wrap-up either Wednesday or Thursday.

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