Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Two Florida deputies killed when shooter fires through restaurant window

Two Florida deputies killed when shooter fires through restaurant window

TRENTON, Fla. (WCTV) - Two Gilchrist County deputies have been shot and killed in an apparent ambush, our sister station WCJB confirms.

Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz identified the slain deputies during a news conference as Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 30, and Deputy Taylor Lindsey, 25.

The two planned to compete in the upcoming First Responder Olympics, Sheriff Schultz said. "My deepest condolences and prayers are with their families as they mourn the devastating loss of their loved ones". "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".

The shooting occurred at 3 the Ace China restaurant when a man walked past a window and shot both through the glass, the Alachua County Sheriff's Office said in a statement made on behalf of the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office. There was no crime in progress, no disturbance.

Businesses owners around Gilchrist County had put out signs showing support for the Sheriff's Office.

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

John Hubert Highnote, of Bell, Florida, has been identified as the 59-year-old who shot and killed two Florida deputies on Thursday, April 19.

When a reporter asked Schultz to confirm whether Highnote had committed suicide in his auto near the restaurant, the sheriff declined to comment, citing both an ongoing state investigation into the killings and his own perspective.

"They were the best of the best", he said, adding later that "I can tell you that I loved them". ".The world is full of cowards and the world is full of heroes". "We need to highlight those heroes for what they gave".

The sheriff said Taylor Lindsey had several years with the department, having left and recently returned. The Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office has 66 full-time employees, 27 of whom serve as deputy sheriffs.

Schultz said he rushed to the scene as soon as he heard about the shooting.

At this time there is no clear motive of the shooter. Twice during his media briefing on Thursday, Sheriff Schultz mentioned negative public attitudes about law enforcement officers. It is true evil for anyone to hurt a law enforcement officer, and in Florida, we have zero tolerance for violence, especially against the police.

"... The Citrus County Sheriff's Office family will honor these two men by doing our jobs and keeping you safe", a CCSO news release states.

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