Shooter fires through restaurant window, kills 2 Fla. deputies
Deputies responding to the scene found the shooter dead outside the business
Duty Death: Noel Ramirez and Taylor Lindsey - [Trenton, Florida]
End of Service: 04/19/2018
TRENTON, Fla. — Someone fired through the window of a north Florida restaurant Thursday afternoon, killing two deputies who were getting food, officials said.
Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz identified the slain deputies during a news conference as Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 30, and Deputy Taylor Lindsey, 25.
The deputies were getting food at the Ace China restaurant in Trenton when the shooter walked up to the building and fired at them through a window, Schultz said. Fellow deputies responding to the scene found the shooter dead outside the business.
Schultz wouldn't say how the suspect died, adding that state law enforcement officials were investigating. There's no apparent motive for the shooting.
"Sgt. Ramirez and Deputy Lindsey were the best of the best," Schultz said. "They were men of integrity, men of loyalty. They were God-fearing, and they loved what they did, and we are very proud of them."
Schultz said he rushed to the scene as soon as he heard about the shooting. He said it's important to remember that attacks like Thursday's can happen anywhere, even in small cities like Trenton.
"After 26 years of doing this, there is nothing that can prepare you for senseless deaths," Schultz said.
The shooter's name wasn't immediately released.
Trenton is in northern Florida, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) west of Gainesville.
Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Noel Ramirez & Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey were eating lunch when they were ambushed & murdered by a coward who then killed himself. Prayers for these deputies as well as their family & friends; blood & blue. @GCSOFlorida #waroncops pic.twitter.com/GZStXJASio— Town of Hartford PD (@THPDnews) April 20, 2018
Governor Rick Scott's Statement on the Shooting of Gilchrist County Deputy Sheriffs pic.twitter.com/3HLmd04xoa— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) April 20, 2018
Terrible news today from Gilchrist County. Our deepest condolences go out to the two Gilchrist County officers shot and killed in the line of duty this afternoon. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the deputies as well as the GCSO Sheriff’s Office. pic.twitter.com/jM7ayZWQeD— Pasco Sheriff (@PascoSheriff) April 19, 2018
UPDATE:Police say 2 Gilchrist Co. Deputies were eating inside Ace China and were shot, killed through the window. Suspect found dead outside pic.twitter.com/cqUomKcfVH— Katrina Boonzaier (@katrinaboonz) April 19, 2018