Florida deputies killed by gunman while eating at a restaurant

Florida deputies killed by gunman while eating at a restaurant

Florida deputies killed by gunman while eating at a restaurant

There is no evidence that either deputy was able to return fire, he said. "No officers engaged with the assailant".

Trenton is about 30 miles west of Gainesville, Florida.

- Reports from several law enforcement agencies indicate two Gilchrist County deputies were killed in an apparent ambush today, though details were still unclear.

The front windows of the restaurant did not appear to be blown out. He said at a news conference, "I can tell you that I loved them".

The men were "killed in the line of duty", authorities said.

Lindsey was 25 and had been with the Gilchrist Sheriff's Office for more than three years.

The resilience of Gilchrist County, a rural Florida community where neighbors know each other nearly to a fault, is once again being tested by tragedy after one of its own did the unthinkable.

Of those, 11 were traffic offenses, but he did have a felony charge of carrying a concealed firearm in 1978.

"I don't have answers as to why this happened", Schultz said, noting the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating.

"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", Scott said. He was found dead outside the business, the sheriff's office said.

"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".

"It appears he just walked up and shot them, then went to his vehicle and shot himself".

President Donald Trump called them "HEROES" in a tweet sharing his condolences.

Highnote lived just up the road from the restaurant in the small town of Bell, but he was originally from the Tampa Bay area, records show. He then went into his vehicle and killed himself. "It's inexplicable", State Attorney Bill Cervone said of the suspect. "They were God-fearing, and they loved what they did, and we are very proud of them".

The incident unfolded around 3 p.m. Thursday in Trenton, Florida.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Sgt. Noel Ramirez & Deputy Taylor Lindsey. "They're men of integrity, they're men of loyalty".

Ramirez, who leaves behind a wife and two young children, worked in law enforcement for seven years, serving at the Williston Police Department and the Levy County Sheriff's Office before joining GCSO in 2016, according to GCSO.

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