Published: Sat, April 21, 2018

Gunman Dead After Ambushing, Killing Two Sheriff's Deputies in Restaurant

Gunman Dead After Ambushing, Killing Two Sheriff's Deputies in Restaurant

Two deputies were killed Thursday when a man walked up to them in a Florida restaurant while they were eating and opened fire, a Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office spokesman said.

"The faces may be unfamiliar, the paint on the cars may be slightly different", but Tummond said the officers were working on behalf of Gilchrist County Sheriff Shultz. "No officers engaged with the assailant".

A spokesperson for the agency declined Friday to say what could have motivated the attack, citing the ongoing investigation into what happened in Gilchrist County, a small Northern Florida community 40 miles west of Gainesville.

It is noted that two Deputy Sheriff Gilchrist was killed in the eys China restaurant in downtown Trenton.

The bodies of Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 30, and Deputy Taylor Lindsey, 25, were removed from the building on State Road 26 at 1 a.m., Tummond said.

Initial reports suggest that the suspect may have walked up to the restaurant and shot the deputies through the window. He said at a news conference, "I can tell you that I loved them".

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

The men were "killed in the line of duty", authorities said.

Tummond said the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office had no previous interaction with Bell. There were other encounters with the courts and law enforcement, including a 1978 charge in Pinellas County for carrying a concealed firearm. He was also arrested for domestic violence in 1993 and for criminal mischief in 1994.

Gov. Rick Scott in a statement said he and his wife "are heartbroken by the loss of the two law enforcement officers in Trenton".

After the shooting, Schultz said that there is hatred in the US for law enforcement right now.

"Gilchrist County is resilient, you can see the outpouring of support", said the Alachua County Sheriff's Office spokesperson.

This shooter was a "coward", the sheriff added.

"The only thing these men were guilty of was wanting to protect you and me", he continued.

"It appears he just walked up and shot them, then went to his vehicle and shot himself".

President Donald Trump tweeted about the shooting offering his condolences to the sheriff's office and families of the slain officers. On Friday afternoon they corrected that detail in a statement, saying they were shot by the suspect from inside the business. "Tonight, we need to highlight the heroes".

Exterior View of The Ace China Restaurant in Trenton, Fla.

Sgt Ramirez went through the Institute of Public Safety (IPS) in 2010, while Lindsey went through IPS training in 2012.

Schultz described them as "men of integrity, men of loyalty".

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