Two deputies were killed Thursday while they were eating at a Florida restaurant.
Responding deputies found the gunman dead outside the restaurant, he was identified as 59-year-old John Highnote.
"GILCHRIST COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE has suffered a awful tragedy".
The two planned to compete in the upcoming First Responder Olympics, Sheriff Schultz said. "They're god fearing and they loved what they did". "They understood when their loved ones pinned on the badge and they strapped on the gun that this was a possibility".
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 auto and shot himself".
"We're not going to make this a political issue other than the fact, 'What do you expect happens when you demonize law enforcement to the extent it's been demonized?'" Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz said at a press conference, reports WGFL. There was no crime in progress, no disturbance. Tummond said the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office had no previous interaction with the shooter.
"Two holes in the window are visible tonight".
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"They found the shooter deceased outside the business", according to the department.
The shooter, found dead in a vehicle outside, was identified as John Hubert Highnote, 58, of Bell, a small town just up the road. Highnote killed himself in his auto shortly after the murder.
"The world is full of cowards and the world is full of heroes", he said. "We will honor them by doing what we're supposed to do". With over seven years' total law enforcement experience, Noel served at both the Williston Police Department and the Levy County Sheriff's Office before joining the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office in 2016. I have spoken with the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office and committed all available state resources they may need.
Schultz said he rushed to the scene as soon as he heard about the shooting.
Shultz said he is not releasing the name of the shooter at this time. Twice during his media briefing on Thursday, Sheriff Schultz mentioned negative public attitudes about law enforcement officers.
Schultz added, "The only thing these men were guilty of was wanting to protect you and me. They just wanted to get something to eat, and they just wanted to do their job", he said.