Two Sheriff's Deputies Killed During Lunch at North Florida Restaurant

Two Sheriff's Deputies Killed During Lunch at North Florida Restaurant

A man who investigators say killed two sheriff's deputies in rural north Florida was a mystery figure in the small agricultural community rocked by the shooting.

The victims, identified as Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 30, & Deputy Taylor Lindsey, 25, were killed at the Ace China restaurant in Trenton, Florida.State Attorney Bill Cervone said that it appears Highnote "just walked up and shot them, then went to his vehicle and shot himself". We've also learned that the suspected shooter has been found dead.

Sheriff Bobby Schultz called the two deputies "the best of the best", adding, "They're men of integrity, they're men of loyalty".

He said Ramirez had an infectious smile and Lindsey loved to stop the flow of illegal drugs.

Citrus County Sheriff's Office officials have offered to help support the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office after a shooter killed a pair of Gilchrist deputies eating Thursday afternoon in a Trenton restaurant.

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"Both our heroes had simply sat down to eat while on duty", police said later. "There was no crime in progress, no disturbance". "The suspect appears to have walked to the front of the business and shot both men without warning".

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

Responders found Highnote dead from a gunshot wound. He was identified as 59-year-old John Hubert Highnote, 59, of Bell, Fla. - a nearby town in the northern Florida county. Highnote killed himself in his auto shortly after the murder.

Schultz said law enforcement has been "demonized" by "every type of hate", and all his deputies were guilty of was "wanting to protect you and me". The world's full of cowards, and the world's full of heroes. "They gave their lives so that we can all be safe".

Sgt. Ramirez had seven years of law enforcement experience and leaves behind a wife and two young children. The county has just 27 deputies in total.

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He added, "Whether you're a large agency or a small agency, it hits you like a ton of bricks".

At this point, it remains an active criminal investigation with no apparent motive or indications as to why this tragedy occurred.

"As you expect you can never be prepared for something like this, but make no mistake I'm proud of their families", Schultz said. "They just wanted to get something to eat, and they just wanted to do their job", he said. "People will want to know why, and we may never have an answer for them".

Schultz made contact with the officers' families Thursday and said, "Sgt. Ramirez and Deputy Lindsey were the best of the best".

Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz blamed the killings on hatred toward law enforcement.

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"Whatever those facts determine, we will never find a reason for what happened to Noel and Taylor", Alachua County public information officer Sgt. Brett Rhodenizer said.

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