One of the drum beats of the anti-police movement in America is how cops “over-react” during “routine” traffic stops when a subject doesn’t obey commands.
The next time someone makes that argument they ought to be shown this video.
Florida’s Indian River County Sheriff’s Office released dashcam video on Friday of one so-called routine traffic stop that nearly turned deadly.
Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Lester stopped 52-year-old Andrew Coffee for driving his scooter without a tag, according to the sheriff’s office.
“Don’t go reaching for anything,” Lester shouted while telling Coffee to place his hands on the vehicle.
Coffee hauled off and punched Lester in the face then grabbed a revolver out of his waistband and began shooting at Lester.
“As he knocked the deputy down and sucker punched him, he continued to stand over him and attempted to end his life,” Sheriff Deryl Loar told WPTV.
“It reminds us of the dangers that are faced everyday in law enforcement. It is a war on the streets and I’m sick of it,” he added.
Coffee is a convicted violent felon who was released from prison last year after being convicted for attempted murder in 1993 and was arrested again on drug charges Dec. 3 yet somehow he was able to get a gun, according to WPTV.
It’s almost as if a career criminal like Coffee won’t obey “common sense” gun laws.
WPTV reported a list of Coffee’s criminal history that reads as follows.
1987 – Convicted of Aggravated Assault
1988 – Convicted of Possession of Cocaine
1990 – Convicted of Battery
1992 – Convicted to Sale of Cocaine
1993 – Convicted of Attempted First Degree Murder with Firearm
11 total felony arrests
4 felony convictions
5 misdemeanor arrests
3 misdemeanor convictions
Lester was hit in the leg and is expected to make a full recovery, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office. He was released from the hospital.
Coffee, meanwhile, is undergoing surgery, the statement said.
Watch the encounter below.