- Associated Press - Saturday, November 11, 2017

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man with a long criminal history has been sentenced to life in prison for shooting and wounding a deputy during a traffic stop.

Treasure Coast Newspapers reports that 54-year-old Andrew Coffee was sentenced Thursday. He was convicted earlier this month of attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer.

Authorities say the Indian River County deputy pulled over Coffee in December 2015 because his scooter didn’t have a tag. Coffee punched the deputy and then began firing a revolver at him. The deputy returned fire, hitting Coffee in the leg. Coffee limped away but was a caught a short time later.

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Information from: The Stuart (Fla.) News, http://www.tcpalm.com

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