Bodycam shows tense moments after library assistant shot in road rage incident

ORANGE CITY, Fla. — Newly released body camera video shows the tense moments after a deadly shooting in Orange City Saturday.

The video shows officers approach 40-year-old Andrew Derr lying on his stomach as police officers approach with guns drawn.

As the officers move in, you can hear Derr say the shooting was in self-defense.


Watch: Bodycam shows tense moments after library assistant was shot in road rage incident

According to police, Derr said he was riding his motorcycle when Sara Morales intentionally hit him with her car before driving away.

Police say Derr and other witnesses followed Morales to the intersection of Highway 17-92 and Wisconsin Avenue, where they told Morales to stop and that law enforcement had been called.

“Is the motorcycle down on the ground?,” a dispatcher can be heard asking in 911 calls released by the Orange City Police Department Monday. “Is he breathing and conscious?”

“He’s fine ... the lady just took off and left,” the caller responds.

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At one point, Morales made her own call to police, in which she claimed the men were being aggressive and threatening her.

Police say Morales continued to her home, went inside and came out with a gun to confront Derr and the other witnesses, who had continued to follow.

“You’re three men. You followed me. Leave me alone,” Morales shouts as multiple gunshots are heard.

Police say Morales pointed her gun at Derr and the witnesses, at which point Derr drew his own handgun and shot her multiple times.

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Morales was taken to Halifax Hospital, where she died.

She worked at the county’s Pierson and DeLand libraries since January 2019. A county spokesperson described Morales as upbeat and hardworking.

Police say a handgun belonging to Morales was recovered from the scene.

No arrests have been made. Police say Derr, who holds a valid Florida concealed weapons permit, has cooperated fully with their investigation.

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Matt Reeser

Matt Reeser, WFTV.com

Matt Reeser joined WFTV in 1998 as a news photographer and has worked for television stations in Kentucky and West Virginia.