FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Monday, January 11, 2021

Alteria Woods was 21 years old, an inductee into the National Honor Society of High School Scholars, and a pharmacy technician who had aspirations of obtaining a degree and becoming a pharmacist.  On March 19, 2017, Alteria’s life was tragically cut short when she was shot and killed by police officers serving a search warrant at the home her boyfriend shared with his father and grandmother.  The Defendants fired indiscriminately into the home, shooting Alteria a total of ten times, including one round that entered her chest and went through her heart.  Alteria posed no threat to the officers and did nothing to deserve to die at their hands.  Plaintiff brings this litigation to hold Defendants responsible for their misconduct and to ensure that Alteria’s death will not be forgotten or ignored. 

The Defendants, Christopher Reeve, Pat White, and Rick Sarcinello were the shooters responsible for the death of Alteria Woods.  Defendants Reeve and White are employed with the Indian River County Sheriff’s Department.   Defendant Sarcinello is employed by the Indian River Shores Police Department. 

“We brought this action in order to address the reckless and dangerous behavior of the Defendants,” said attorney Mary Sherris.  “We not only seek justice for the death of Alteria Woods for her family…We also seek to end the abusive police practices by the Defendants in this case.”  The lawsuit was filed on January 4, 2021.  Sherris Legal P.A. will be joined by Hale & Monico, LLC in representing the family.