Heroes Down: Gilchrist Deputies Noel Ramirez & Taylor Lindsey Assassinated

Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Noel Ramirez (left) and Deputy Taylor Lindsey (right) were murdered Thursday.

Trenton, FL - Sergeant Noel Ramirez, 30, and Deputy Taylor Lindsey, 25, of the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office were murdered while they ate in a restaurant on Thursday.

Gilchrist Sheriff Bobby Schultz released a statement saying that the two deputies were eating inside of the Ace China restaurant in Trenton at around 3:00 p.m.

A gunman approached the building and opened fire on the two deputies through a window in an ambush attack. UPDATE: Authorities now say that they believe the deputies were killed from inside of the restaurant.

The deputies died on scene.

News4Jax reports that the suspect then walked back to his vehicle and fatally shot himself.

The sheriff's office says that the shooting was entirely unprovoked and the deputies were just assassinated on their break.

"They were men of integrity. They were God-fearing, and they loved what they did. They gave their lives so we can all be safe. They just wanted to get something to eat. They just wanted to do their jobs," Sheriff Schultz said.

Sergeant Ramirez leaves behind a wife and small children.

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Deputy Lindsey leaves behind a girlfriend.

President Trump released a statement via Twitter which said, "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."

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Noel Ramirez and Deputy Taylor Lindsey, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Sergeant Noel Ramirez and Deputy Taylor Lindsey, your lives mattered.

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bronx163
bronx163

Died doing the job
Rest in peace brothers.
May God watch over your families as you go on to eternal patrol of those who continue the fight with evil where you left off.

daciagirl1936
daciagirl1936

RIP dear Officers, your work here on Earth is done and may those who continue to protect us be blessed. May your families be blessed and I pray that they have peace within for their loss.

Higgy0609
Higgy0609

DOes anyone ever show the statistics of officers killed versus unarmed civilians? It seems to me that way more police are killed then people.my. My son is an officer and this is just becoming way too common. I would like to see a mainstream news report comparing the death rates. Iโ€™m so sorry to these families and all of the families who have lost a loved. ๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’™

ColleenS
ColleenS

Having lost two LEO's here in Westerville recently, my heart is breaking for these officers families. Prayers for the families and the community.

Russ57
Russ57

RIP Brothers. Prayers and thoughts to the affected families and friends of both these heroes. EOW, we got your six.

Szrudy3
Szrudy3

I am so sorry I am praying for our country especially our brave men and women. I am a mother of a soldier and to see him going through and healing from his experiences. I want these officers to be given all the protection they need, knowing that they are admired and loved.

EMarie
EMarie

My prayers are with your families, friends, loved ones and the Blue. This is beyond horrible. Thank you for your ultimate service Officers. Rest in the arms of JESUS!

Nativeamerican
Nativeamerican

This is totally heart breaking.

EixieWidow
EixieWidow

I don't know about all these crazies walking amongst us. Prayers to their families

DebraD
DebraD

OMG my heart goes out to these families dealing with this sesnsless atrocity. Sending prays for all the brave men and women protecting our streets and doing it inspite of crimes against them. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Swjw121050
Swjw121050

RIP heroes. May you be in the loving arms of our Almighty God in the name of Jesus. Prayers for their loved ones left behind to deal with this tragedy. God bless the officers across our nation that put their lives on the line daily for our protection. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

Heezels
Heezels

Donโ€™t forget only 68 of those shootings were unarmed. A considerable fall from the last two years.

Rob_moon
Rob_moon

Horrific. Nowhere is safe. RIP my Brothers.

DarioD
DarioD

This is becoming more and more common. Criminals are becoming more and more embolden. I work as an armed security guard, and people dont see difference between security and police anymore. Something needs to be done :/

VicG
VicG

Sincere condolences to families and department. Rest in Peace Brothers...

Kingster
Kingster

RIP brothers

GBeatty
GBeatty

If this can happen in Trenton it can happen any place!

LEO0301
LEO0301

It seems this type of thing happens all too frequently nowadays. It's no wonder police officers are so cautious when dealing with the public. Rest in Peace brothers.

LEO0301
LEO0301

The difference of course is that the vast majority of police shootings are in self defense while officers killed in the line of duty lost their lives protecting others.

bluedog_2g2
bluedog_2g2

RIP Sgt. Ramirez and Deputy Taylor. Thank you for your service and for making the ultimate sacrifice, on behalf of your community and our nation. Prayers for comfort and strength for the Ramirez and Taylor families, their co-workers and friends. Thank you good and faithful servants. It is unfortunate that the assailant chose to take the lives of two innocent officers, before likely submitting to his personal demons and killing himself.

gfc1963
gfc1963

At least the scumbag who shot them is dead as well. No publicity for his reason why he did it. RIP Officers. Respect from the UK.

LBPD
LBPD

If your in uniform don't eat in public

LBPD
LBPD

If your in uniform don't eat in public

CloserFocus
CloserFocus

Seriously? So theyโ€™re not supposed to eat while working all day? Wow. How bout taking care of the problem from the source? Keep violent Felons OFF the streets for good!

vlivertarian
vlivertarian

I've kept track of these for years. Recently, the ratio is about 3 to 1 with LEOs killing about 900 to 1000 per year and cops getting killed about 300 to 400 times a year. Doesn't matter what the numbers are. This looks like an execution. Hideous.

CloserFocus
CloserFocus

Prayers out to their families & loved ones. This is disgusting! Be at rest officers. Thank You for your service.

Kimberkallin
Kimberkallin

God bless our law enforcers. They deserve the highest respect. Makes my heart hurt..~

Mic911
Mic911

My brother in law and his wife moved from Trenton 2 years ago, he works for Dept. of Corrections. I met the Sheriff and few of his deputies briefly one year in a visit. This the second time this year a LEO shooting has hit home for me, I knew Ofc. Morelli from Westerville from training I had attended in his town. My thoughts and condolences for the families, Sheriff's Office and Trenton PD. Rest in Peace Brothers....Enough is Enough, when is this going to stop?

ThePantsParty
ThePantsParty

You haven't kept track of anything. Less than 200 officers die on the job total (including natural causes), with those being murdered being well under 100.

See for yourself:

46 shot and killed last year, 1 stabbing, 10 killed by cars.

Katarina
Katarina

As LEO0301 pointed out, those killed by police died because police were defending themselves from those who would have killed them. There really is no comparison.

thetruth2323
thetruth2323

Black people have been dealing with this for the past 5/6 years actually ever since the LAPD officer who got catch for lying and planting evidence. The ratio of cops killing people of color is not even close, over have the killings, the so called suspects didn't even have a weapon. So let's not talk statistic , my point is the (ALL LIVES MATTERS) not just Men in Blue/Black Lives/White Lives/Browm- Beige all lives matters to God. All These Senseless killings needs to stop and people need to start (Respecting) each other, loving each other , and realize that nothing is going to change until we put God first.

thetruth2323
thetruth2323

The officer who got caught lying and Planting evidence //sorry for the type-o.

Saints
Saints

Criminals break the law over and over and over again until they graduate to murder when are our judicial SYSTEM going to start punishing criminals with REAL punishment and NOT JUST A SLAP IN THE HAND!!!!....

broncofan1960
broncofan1960
Buzz17
Buzz17

The killings won't end until the root cause is solved! We live in a nation that's terribly divided on our values. Until we are united again on that very basic matter, the killing will continue. When all human lives are valued because all of us answer to God, we'll continue in this death trap. We'll continue praying for all the families who are left to grieve!

Rockwats
Rockwats

My condolences to all of those who knew these officers. That being said, this once great Country is being taken back into a great depression, causing our unity to divide further than ever. The scales tip one way, then the other, our justice system is in chaos, our institutions packed, federal government taking way to many steps to assure low, and middle class go no where, military parades for presidental amusement... We all need to take our country back before those who have taken an outh to protect us are gone and military force becomes a matter of fact.

Heezels
Heezels

The ratio of cops killing people of color who are unarmed are in the low double digits you fucking idiot.

But if you wanna talk about some tucked up shit, talk about the nearly 2,000 assaults with firearms that occur to a police officer within a given year.

The police only manage to shot and kill roughly 1,000 people. Barely half of the amount that attack them with guns. So letโ€™s be real here, this is not an issue where the idiot doing the shooting has some moral justification.

Sergeant PJB
Sergeant PJB

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BLM-NZ
BLM-NZ

RIP Officers

gennette
gennette

Let's be honest here, while there are some unexcused killings of people of color, most people of color who are killed are doing, or have done something to provoke the police. Then when they get caught they want to pull a gun on the police. Pull a gun on a cop, or try to pull one - you get what you deserve.

xelda317
xelda317

You are an ASSHAT. Part of Policing is interaction WITH the Public - Fool.

Ryker Drikes
Ryker Drikes

The police officer in the story was my second cousin. This story is rippling through every corner of our family tree, God bless all the police officers that put on that badge every day to protect and serve!

topaz0525
topaz0525

Prayers for all involved. ALL lives matter!

william780
william780

why is this not classified as a hate crime?