Details emerge in killings of 2 Fla. deputies

Via WOFL

Via WOFL

"No officers engaged with the assailant".

Trenton is in northern Florida, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) west of Gainesville.

Two deputies from the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office were killed on Thursday.

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. "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 were the "best of the best", Shultz said.

"Gilchrist has no idea what drove this man to this cowardly act", Tummond said.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FROM SHERIFF BOBBY SCHULTZ AND THE GILCHRIST COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: The Gilchrist County... Lindsey joined the sheriff's office in 2013. 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.

Another 12 law enforcement officers died in traffic fatalities, and nine died of various causes, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

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Investigators said it appears Highnote had no previous contact with the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office, but News4Jax found records online showing he did have some minor brushes with the law in Pinellas County years ago. We've also learned that the suspected shooter has been found dead.

"The only thing these men were guilty of was wanting to protect you and me". They just wanted to go get something to eat.

President Trump addressed the shooting on Twitter and wrote, "My thoughts, prayers and condolences are with the families, friends and colleagues of the two @GCSOFlorida deputies (HEROES) who lost their lives in the line of duty today".

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. "It's inexplicable", State Attorney Bill Cervone said of the suspect. "We will honor them by doing what we're supposed to do".

Sgt Ramirez went through the Institute of Public Safety (IPS) in 2010, while Lindsey went through IPS training in 2012.

He said he knew both men personally and said he "loved them".

Furthermore, Sheriff Schultz said that Ramirez and Lindsey were the "best of the best" and called Highnote a "coward".

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