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Two Sheriff’s Deputies Killed During Lunch at North Florida Restaurant

The motive for the attack is unclear.

Brooklyn Riepma

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Two sheriff’s deputies were shot and killed Thursday afternoon while eating at Ace China, a Chinese restaurant in Trenton, Florida.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the situation, but the motive for the attack was unclear. The suspect was identified as 59-year-old John Hubert Highnote, who was found dead inside his car with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Authorities said Highnote shot the deputies through a restaurant window, but an Alachua County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said that they were shot after the gunman entered the building.

The victims were Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 29, and Deputy Taylor Lindsey, 25. Ramirez was married with two children, and Lindsey had a girlfriend.

Trenton, a small town in Gilchrist County, has a population of about 2,000. The county has just 27 deputies in total.

A candlelight vigil will be held Saturday night in Trenton.

Sergeant Noel Ramirez. Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey.Our heroes. Killed in the line of duty today, April 19th, at the Ace China in Trenton.We'll continue to serve you. For them.

Posted by Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, April 19, 2018

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Brooklyn Riepma is a Boise-based journalist and student. She is a junior at The College of Idaho majoring in Political Economy with minors in Creative writing, Natural Sciences, and Journalism.

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