Florida man murders two officers then kills himself

Florida man murders two officers then kills himself

Two sheriff's deputies were fatally shot while they were in a restaurant in North Florida on Thursday afternoon, the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office said.

Even in the tragedy, there's no doubt the community is coming together after the shooting deaths of 25 year old Deputy Taylor Lindsey and 30 year old Sergeant Noel Ramirez.

"It was just surreal" to get the call about the attack on the deputies, Schultz said. The suspect was identified as 59-year-old John Hubert Highnote, who was found dead inside his vehicle with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Another 12 law enforcement officers died in traffic fatalities, and nine died of various causes, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. "You can see the outpouring of locals supporting law enforcement officers that are here to assist while Gilchrist County as an agency and Gilchrist County as a community recovers".

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Schultz said he rushed to the scene, and then had the hard task of calling the families of Ramirez, who is survived by his wife and two young children, and Lindsey, who joined the sheriff's office in 2013. "They're men of integrity, they're men of loyalty".

Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz said at a news conference that state law enforcement officials are now investigating.

"They don't need to be remembered strictly for their untimely death but they need to be remembered for the type of people that they are", he added. "They were God-fearing, and they loved what they did, and we are very proud of them". Theres no apparent motive for the shooting, and no other information about Highnote was immediately available.

Sheriff Shultz briefly eulogized Deputies Ramirez and Lindsey during Thursday's press conference.

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The department will grieve and be upset, Schultz said, but the department will "honor these men by doing our jobs".

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says the shooting occurred at 1122 East Wade Street.

The seriousness of the cause, and the journey is made all the more important, by the loss of two Deputies in Gilchrist County Thursday afternoon, just hours after Gonzalez left LCSO's headquarters.

The deputies from the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office were reportedly killed at around 3 p.m.in a restaurant, according to law enforcement officials. President Donald Trump called them "HEROES" in a tweet sharing his condolences.

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