Two sheriff’s deputies were shot dead Thursday in a Trenton, Florida, restaurant in what’s being described as an apparent ambush.
The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that two Gilchrist County deputies “were shot and killed” after a “suspect walked up” to the Ace China restaurant “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,” the statement added.
The slain deputies have since been identified by authorities as Sergeant Noel Ramirez, 30, and Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey, 25. The identity of the shooter is still unknown.
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
Fox News has more details:
Ramirez and Lindsay “were the best of the best,” Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz during the news conference, who “gave their lives so that we can all be safe.”
“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,” Schultz said. “And that’s good individuals, good deputy sheriffs.”
He said he knew both men personally and said he “loved them.”
Police have not identified a motive in the shocking murder of the police officers.
Featured image via Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office