Two Florida sheriff’s deputies shot dead by gunman -

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Friday, 20 April 2018

Two Florida sheriff’s deputies shot dead by gunman

Sgt. Noel Ramirez (l.), 30, and deputy Taylor Lindsay (r.), 25, were killed by a gunman at a Chinese restaurant in Trenton, Florida, on April 19, 2018.(GILCHRIST COUNTY SHERIFF�S OFFIC)
Two Gilchrist County sheriff’s deputies were killed by a gunman who shot through the window of a Chinese restaurant in Trenton, Fla. Thurdsay.
Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 29, and deputy Taylor Lindsay, 25, were dining at Ace China restaurant when the ambush took place around 3:00 p.m., Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz said Thursday.
The gunman, later identified as the 59-year-old John Hubert Highnote, was fatally shot by responders outside the restaurant, the sheriff's office said.
"They found the shooter deceased outside the business, and both deputy sheriffs where they died of their wounds," the department said in a news release. 
There was no altercation and no one else was injured, Alachua County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Brett Rhodenizer told the Daily News.
Schultz made contact with the officers' families Thursday and said, "As you'd expect, you can never be prepared for something like this. But make no mistake, they are proud of their families."
Exterior View of The Ace China Restaurant in Trenton, Florida. Authorities are reporting that two Gilchrist County deputies were fatally shot by a gunman on April 19, 2018. (GOOGLE MAPS STREET VIEW)
Ramirez, a seven-year veteran who joined the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office in 2016, leaves behind a wife and two young children. 
Lindsey served the sheriff's office for three years. He had a girlfriend, the sheriff's office said. 
"Sgt. Ramirez and Deputy Lindsay were the best of the best. They were men of integrity, men of loyalty. They were god-fearing and they loved what they did and we are very proud of them," Schultz said. "They gave their lives so that we can all be safe."
An emotional Schultz recalled Ramirez's bright smile. "If you ever saw Sgt. Ramirez's smile, infectious," he said.
He said Lindsay "shined."
Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Shultz speaks to the media after a shooting at Ace China in Trenton, Fla., Thursday, April 19, 2018.(LAUREN BACHO/THE GAINESVILLE SUN VIA AP)
The pair planned to compete in a bench press competition at the upcoming First Responder Games.
"They were so looking forward to that," Schultz said.
He called the gunman who killed them a "coward" and steered away from discussing the individual or his motive.
"I want this to be about those deputy sheriffs. The world is full of cowards and the world is full of heroes and we need to highlight those heroes and what they gave."
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement was at the scene Thursday and is investigating the incident.
Two Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office deputies were shot and killed in the line of duty Thursday. (FACEBOOK)
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office offered its support in a tweet.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office and their citizens over the tragic loss of two deputies. @Columbiaesheriff stands ready to assist and (sic) any way possible!!!!” the tweet read."
President Trump chimed in too, tweeting, "My thoughts, prayers and condolences are with the families, friends and colleagues of the two @GCSOFlorida deputies (HEROES) who lost their lives in the line of duty today."
Trenton, a town with more than 2,000 residents, is about 30 miles west of Gainesville.

- ny news 

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