Suspect shoots through window of Chinese restaurant, killing 2 Gilchrist Co. deputies

Two deputies were shot and killed in Trenton Florida Thursday

Two deputies were shot and killed in Trenton Florida Thursday

"The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office expresses its honest condolences to the two Gilchrist County, FL deputies shot and killed in the line of duty today", the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said on Twitter.

"Our deputies were ambushed".

"We have no information right now that our officers were able to return fire", said Tummond. He was found nearby, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The deputies, Sgt. Noel Ramirez and Deputy Taylor Lindsey, had stopped to get lunch when they were shot.

Schultz said state law enforcement officials are investigating, and an investigator from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was at Highnote's house Friday. "People will want to know why, and we may never have an answer for them".

The shooter, found dead in a vehicle outside, was identified as John Hubert Highnote, 58, of Bell, a small town just up the road.

Schultz described them as "men of integrity, men of loyalty". Lindsay was 25 years old. There was no crime in progress, no disturbance. Sheriff Bobby Schultz has been on scene throughout the afternoon with his deputies and their families, notifying additional loved ones, and will be speaking to the media at 7 p.m. He said it's important to remember that attacks like Thursday's can happen anywhere, even in small cities like Trenton.

Schultz said there was much he wanted to say, and much he shouldn't.

"What do you expect happens when you demonize law enforcement, to the extent that its been demonized, every type of hate, every type of put down that you can think of", Sheriff Schultz said.

The sheriff said Taylor Lindsey had several years with the department, having left and recently returned. "We will also steadfastly remain vigilant and keep a special place in our hearts for the men and women of Gilchrist County who wear the badge so proudly".

Jamie Mauldin, a waitress at Akins Bar-B-Q about a mile from Highnote's house in Bell said she didn't know Highnote but that Ramirez and Lindsey were regulars. He said both were excited about participating in the First Responder Olympics.

"Sheriffs from throughout the area and state officials are supporting the agency and citizens of Gilchrist County with protective patrols, investigative assistance, and any other needs", GCSO said in a Facebook post. "My deepest condolences and prayers are with their families as they mourn the devastating loss of their loved ones".

Highnote came from a small town just up the road from the Ace China restaurant in Trenton, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) west of Gainesville.

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