Heroes Down: Gilchrist Deputies Noel Ramirez & Taylor Lindsey Assassinated
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.
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.