Two sheriff’s deputies were shot and killed Thursday in a restaurant in Trenton, Fla., in what appeared to be an ambush, Fox News reports.
The Gilchrist County deputies died “after a suspect walked up” to the Ace China restaurant around 3 p.m. “and shot both deputies through the window,” the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement made on behalf of the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office.
“As fellow deputies responded to the scene, they found the shooter deceased outside the business, and both Deputy Sheriffs where they died of their wounds.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ON BEHALF SHERIFF BOBBY SCHULTZ AND THE GILCHRIST COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE:
At approximately 3:00pm this afternoon, two Gilchrist County Deputy Sheriffs were shot and killed in the Ace China restaurant in downtown Trenton, after a suspect walked up to business and shot both deputies through the window. As fellow deputies responded to the scene, they found the shooter deceased outside the business, and both Deputy Sheriffs where they died of their wounds.
At this point, it remains an active criminal investigation with no apparent motive or indications as to why this tragedy occurred. Sheriff Bobby Schultz has been on scene throughout the afternoon with his deputies and their families, notifying additional loved ones, and will be speaking to the media at 7:00pm EDT.
A Media Staging Area has been established in front of Duke Energy (not related to the incident) at 1532 East Wade Street in Trenton, Florida. Requests for footage of the scene will be accommodated and updated briefing times provided as soon as they are available. Officials from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the State Attorney’s Office have all responded to the area to assist.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi issued a statement saying, “My heart breaks with the tragic news of two Gilchrist County deputies that were senselessly killed today while in the line of duty.”
Posted by Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, April 19, 2018
The murdered officers have been identified.
“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.”
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.
— Gilchrist Co Sheriff (@GCSOFlorida) April 20, 2018
Gov. Rick Scott in a statement said he and his wife “are heartbroken by the loss of the two law enforcement officers in Trenton.”
“It is a true evil for anyone to hurt a law enforcement officer, and in Florida, we have zero tolerance for violance, especially against police,” he continued. “Tonight, I ask every Floridian to honor these law enforcement officers, their brothers and sisters in uniform and their families. May God bless those who work to keep our communities safe.”
Yeah, your new gun control laws are working out great you bald headed jackass.
The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office added that two deputies “were shot and killed in a suspected ambush.”
“About an hour ago, two deputies with the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office were shot and killed in a suspected ambush. Please keep the families of these deputies, Sheriff Bobby Schultz, and the rest of their law enforcement family in your prayers.”
President Trump offered his condolences to “the families, friends and colleagues of the two @GCSOFlorida deputies (HEROES) who lost their lives in the line of duty today.”
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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 19, 2018
REST IN PEACE HEROES AND THANK YOU FOR YOU SERVICE.
NOW, LET’S CATCH THESE BASTARDS AND EXECUTE THEM ON THE SPOT.