Gunman entered Chinese restaurant to fatally shoot Florida deputies before killing self

Two deputies were shot and killed in Trenton Florida Thursday

Two deputies were shot and killed in Trenton Florida Thursday

A gunman shot through the window of a Chinese restaurant and killed two Gilchrist County sheriff's deputies in Trenton, Fla., 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. Fellow deputies responding to the scene found the shooter dead outside the business.

Remarking on the recent murder of two Florida sheriff's deputies, the sheriff of Gilchrist County, Florida, said law enforcement is being "demonized" in America and that demonizing is creating a culture of anti-cop hatred. On Friday afternoon they corrected that detail in a statement, saying they were shot by the suspect from inside the business.

"Our deputies were ambushed".

"We have no information right now that our officers were able to return fire", said Tummond.

There is no apparent motive for the shooting, but according to CBS affiliate WGCL, authorities have identified the shooter as John Hubert Highnote, 59, of Bell, Fla.

As investigators continue to search for any answers, neighbors already familiar with the sting and shock of unimaginable tragedy are rallying behind their Sheriff's Office.

Schultz called Ramirez and Lindsey "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 state law enforcement officials are investigating. Lindsay was 25 years old.

A construction worker who witnessed the shooting said that Highnote emerged from the restaurant "calm as can be", WFLA reported. He said it's important to remember that attacks like Thursday's can happen anywhere, even in small cities like Trenton.

Schultz said he talked to both families.

"The only thing these men were guilty of", Shultz added, "is wanting to protect you and me, they just wanted to go get something to eat, and they just wanted to do their job".

"The outpouring from this community is absolutely huge", said Lt. Scott Tummond, who had previously worked with Ramirez in Levy County. He said both were excited about participating in the First Responder Olympics.

A benefit account was setup for Ramirez and Lindsey's families at Drummond Community Bank. "They're god fearing and they loved what they did".

Many residents of the small town of Trenton, which is about 30 miles west of Gainesville, have a close relationship with local law enforcement and said they personally know deputies by name.

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