Two deputies killed after shooter fires through restaurant window

Two deputies in Trenton Florida were killed in the line of duty on Thursday

Sgt. Noel Ramirez and deputy Taylor Lindsey died from gunshot wounds after the suspect shot them while eating lunch through the restaurant window at approximately 3 p.m., according to law enforcement. Investigators are calling it a senseless act of violence.

"It appears he just walked up and shot them, then went to his vehicle and shot himself".

GILCHRIST COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE has suffered a bad tragedy.

As of Friday morning, police had not yet determined a motive for the shooting.

"These two heroes walked in there to have a meal together and they were ambushed", said Tummond.

Police identified the killer as John Hubert Highnote, 59, of Bell, Florida, another small town 10 miles north of Trenton.

Ramirez, a seven-year veteran who joined the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office in 2016, was a married father of two. The men and women of the St. Lucie Sheriff's Office stand with our brothers and sisters around the state as we mourn the loss of two @GCSOFlorida deputies who were killed today protecting their community. "They were men of integrity, men of loyalty".

Schultz said he knew both men personally and said he "loved them".


"Two holes in the window are visible tonight", Schultz said.

Numerous agencies across Florida are assisting the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office (GCSO) as it works to find out more about the shooting deaths of GCSO Sgt. Noel Ramirez and Deputy Taylor Lindsey, according to GCSO, an agency of 66 employees, including 27 deputies. "They just wanted to get something to eat, and they just wanted to do their job", he said.

The deputies were in uniform and armed when they were shot, Tummond said, but they did not return fire.

Other than being cited for making an improper turn back in 2012, Highnote has nothing on his record in Gilchrist County.

"The faces may be unfamiliar, the paint on the cars may be slightly different", but Tummond said the officers were working on behalf of Gilchrist County Sheriff Shultz.

President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday evening about the incident. "We are very proud of them".

The shooting took place near a highway intersection in Trenton City, Xinhua quoted the sheriff's office as saying on Thursday. According to Friday's statement from the sheriff's office, Highnote was found dead with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound inside his auto, which was parked at the restaurant.

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