Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Florida suspect fired gun from within restaurant

Florida suspect fired gun from within restaurant

The man identified as the suspect who fatally shot two Gilchrist County deputies in a restaurant Thursday afternoon before taking his own life has ties to the Tampa Bay area.

Numerous agencies across Florida are assisting the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office (GCSO) as it works to find out more about the shooting deaths of GCSO Sgt. Noel Ramirez and Deputy Taylor Lindsey, according to GCSO, an agency of 66 employees, including 27 deputies.

"Both our heroes had simply sat down to eat while on duty", the sheriff's office said.

There is no apparent motive for the shooting at this point, deputies said.

Around 5:20 p.m., Florida Governor Rick Scott announced that he has been briefed by Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz on the shooting.

The suspect approached the window of the establishment and started shooting.

The Sheriff said Ramirez was a 7-year veteran of the force who leaves behind a wife and two young children.

"Those two heroes walked in there to have a meal together, and they were ambushed", said Lt. Tummond.

Public records showed that Highnote had lived or associated with addresses across Florida, including in Daytona Beach, Melbourne, Clearwater and St. Petersburg.

Of those, 11 were traffic offenses, but he did have a felony charge of carrying a concealed firearm in 1978. "It's inexplicable", said State Attorney Bill Cervon, according to News 4 Jax.

"It appears he just walked up and shot them, then went to his auto and shot himself. They just wanted to do their jobs".

Schultz spoke mostly about the fallen deputies and the honor of serving in law enforcement. He said it's important to remember that attacks like Thursday's can happen anywhere, even in small cities like Trenton. "They were men of integrity, men of loyalty", Schultz said.

Schlutz went on to explain that when police officers make the commitment to enforce the law, "when they put on the badge - when they strap on the gun", they are aware that these kinds of criminal acts against police officers "could happen".

Sgt. Noel Ramirez, left, and Deputy Taylor Lindsey, right were shot and killed at a restaurant in Trenton, Florida Thursday. "The daily risk that law enforcement officers take to protect our communities is overwhelming". "They were God-fearing, and they loved what they did, and we are very proud of them". "May their families, friends and fellow officers find peace and comfort during this very hard time".

The department has received numerous condolences and messages of support, including from President Trump, who said, "My thoughts, prayers and condolences are with the families, friends and colleagues" of the slain deputies.

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