Slain deputies ambushed, killed inside Chinese restaurant
GILCHRIST COUNTY, Fla. (CBS12) —
The Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office is mourning the two deputies killed in an ambush.
The sheriff's office held a news conference Friday to say Sergeant Noel Ramirez and Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey were shot to death inside the Ace China restaurant in Trenton around 3 p.m. on Thursday. It was initially believed they were shot from outside the restaurant.
Authorities found the gunman dead from a gunshot wound. He's been identified as 59-year-old John Hubert Highnote of Bell.
Sergeant Ramirez, 29 years old, leaves behind a wife and two young children. With over seven years of 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.
Deputy Lindsey, 25, served for over three years with the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office, originally joining the Sheriff’s Office in 2013.
The sheriff's office said a benefit account has been set up for both deputies at Drummond Community Bank. Donations can be made at any branch.
There will be a candlelight vigil Saturday at 8 p.m. at Veteran's Memorial Park at the Gilchrist County Courthouse in Trenton.