LATEST: Here's What We Know About Assassination Of Two Deputies Eating Lunch

Two Gilchrist County deputies were murdered as they ate lunch in a Chinese restaurant on Thursday afternoon.

Trenton, FL – Two Gilchrist County sheriff’s deputies were murdered as shared a meal in a Chinese restaurant in Trenton on Thursday afternoon.

Police said that Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Sergeant Noel Ramirez and Gilchrist County Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey were eating lunch at about 3 p.m. on April 19.

It was initially reported that the suspect shot the deputies through the restaurant window, but investigators now say that John Hubert Highnote walked into the Ace China restaurant and fatally shot both deputies from inside, CNN reported.

Both deputies died at the scene, police said.

After he murdered the deputies in cold blood, Highnote returned to his vehicle where police believe he shot himself, authorities said.

He was found deceased in his vehicle by deputies who responded to the scene, FOX News reported.

Police have not found a motive for the senseless murders, but Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz blamed the anti-police hatred that has raged across the United States.

"What do you expect happens when you demonize law enforcement to the extent it's been demonized? Every type of hate, every type of put-down you can think of," Sheriff Schultz asked at a press conference on Thursday.

Florida State’s Attorney Bill Cervone said that we may never know the motive.

"It appears he just walked up and shot them, then went to his car and shot himself. It's inexplicable," Cervone said. "People will want to know why, and we may never have an answer for them."

Highnote, 59, was a resident of nearby Bell in Gilchrist County, who police said at Friday’s press conference had not had any prior interaction with the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office. He lived about 10 miles from the Ace China restaurant, The New York Times reported.

His only offense in the Gilchrist County records was a traffic ticket for an improper turn in 2012, Heavy reported.

Trenton, the seat of rural Gilchrist County, is located about two hours southwest of Jacksonville, according to FOX News.

The sheriff described Sgt. Ramirez and Deputy Lindsey as “the best of the best."

"They were men of integrity, men of loyalty. They were God-fearing, and they loved what they did, and we are very proud of them,” he said.

"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. And that's good individuals, good deputy sheriffs,” the sheriff said.

Sheriff Schultz called Highnote a "coward," and said “the only thing these men were guilty of is wanting to protect you and me. They just wanted to get something to eat, and they just wanted to do their job.”

The sheriff said he knew both men personally and that he “loved them.”

Florida Governor Rick Scott and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi issued statements of condolence to Gilchrist County. President Donald Trump tweeted his condolences about the deputies.

Sgt. Ramirez, 29, had been with the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office for seven years, and was survived by a wife and two small children.

Deputy Lindsey, 25, was a two-year veteran of the sheriff’s department. He was unmarried but had a girlfriend, according to The New York Times.

“We haven’t been through anything quite like this before, but what makes our county unique is that we’re a family,” Sheriff Shultz said during the Thursday press conference. “We’re going to grieve. We’re going to get upset. We’re probably going to cuss a little bit. But at the end of the day, we’re going to remember those two men for who they are. They’re heroes.”

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EMarie
EMarie

So senseless. My heart aches for all. There aren't any words to describe ...any of this!

LEO0301
LEO0301

The Sheriff is correct. The police have been demonized by the liberal media for years now along with terrorist groups like Black Lives Matter. It is absolutely sickening that this crap in the media is allowed to continue.

prophetess anna
prophetess anna

when i heard about this, my heart broke. was there a reason to kill the police officers???? no, there is never a reason to kill them but yet it happened---even though, they were having lunch, shooting the breeze, and talking about anything and everything.....THEIR LIVES ENDED!!! IT HAS TO STOP!!!!!! WHEN WILL THIS STOP!!!!!! WHEN!!!!!I I AM SO ANGRY, IT IS UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!i SEND MY SINCEREST SYMPATHIES TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, TO THEIR FAMILIES, AND FRIENDS. PLEASE KNOW, THAT YOU ARE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. HOW SAD....HOW VERY SAD.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Always an excuse. Liberal media, eh?

People get shot every day. Keep it moving.

LarryBLM
LarryBLM

This is what happens afters 8 years of hate and division are promoted. God rest their souls.

GenLee161
GenLee161

I hate to say it, but being that these two deputies were white, the liberal media won’t jump on this being that it doesn’t get ratings or sell papers.

Eduardo de C
Eduardo de C

It is senseless what happened to these two police officers that all they wanted to do is serve and protect us.

pwhite
pwhite

Why didn't this piece of crap just shoot himself and leave the officers alone. There's a phrase among LEO's that says "If you can't do the time, don't do the crime." This guy was another one who was too chicken to do the time in prison that he would have faced, so he took the easy way out and killed himself. And as someone said earlier, the media didn't jump on this cause the officers were white. And where are all the BLM people? They're not shouting out for these officers........ God bless the families of these two heroes!! RIP.

Szrudy3
Szrudy3

People like this man are cowards, they are not martyrs, They are just brain-dead idiots. They thinks they are justified, righting a wrong. They are the problem, as bad as I feel about this, I would prefer they just skip the killing of brave officers and just put an end to their own lives

nomorecommonsense
nomorecommonsense

I knew I would find you somewhere since you're just as much as a coward as the attacker, and cannot provide a rational arguement. It's because of people like you, who hide behind a computer screen, who want provocation and then retreat when someone with a superior intellect puts them in their place that ignorant simpletons act out with the only things they know. Violence. When you cannot argue your point, you should just keep your opinions to yourself.

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

93% of black men that are killed , are killed by black men

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@nomorecommonsense
"superior intellect."

Tell me which of these apply to you.

  1. You have a beard, and a portion of it grows on your neck.
  1. Rick & Morty is your favorite show.
  1. You've used the term "Chad" to refer to guys more attractive than you are.
Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@davidebrwn
Of course, people are most likely killed by people around them.

How does that apply to this story though?

nomorecommonsense
nomorecommonsense

You seem to be confusing someone else with me. I will say I enjoy Rick and Morty because it is a hilarious show, and, like every other man on this planet, my beard does grow from my chin, and not on my neck. If you have neck hair you must have a genetic disorder because nearly every man just has chin hair. It may grow down past their chin, but not on the area I clearly defined as the throat. As for the weird Chad thing, unlike you, I don't look at other men and think they're more attractive than me. Someone must be projecting something.

nomorecommonsense
nomorecommonsense

And let me refresh your memory. I refered to the throat as the area of your adam's apple, or trachea, or esophagus. That is not your chin. If you want to argue that your beard spreads down your chin, towards your throat, which would in effect negate your previous arguement that the area under your chin, " is the area under your chin," as you so eloquently put it, then by all means be my guest. As I said, no one needs to do anything to make you look like a fool. You do that just fine all by yourself.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@nomorecommonsense
😂. You're not fooling me. You using "superior intellect" unironically screamed volumes.

And its not projection to see that other guys are clearly attractive. I didn't say fuck them. That's how we know what would attract a woman. By seeing what kinds of guys they're attracted to.

Are you that insecure?

nomorecommonsense
nomorecommonsense

Women are attracted to different things. Shallow women are attracted to "attractive men." That makes them unattracive to me, personally. Intellegent women are attracted to intellegent men. I never mentioned attractiveness in any of my posts. I'm guessing you have a thing for a guy named Chad is all I'm saying.

Mrs10
Mrs10

My heart breaks for the families and community. It breaks for all the LEOs who give their all, do their best, and yet have to wonder if they, too, will be victims because WHAT they are rather than WHO they are.

Mrs10
Mrs10

Several have pointed out, correctly, that we live in an environment where social media seeks to vilify cops and create an atmosphere of division, unrest, and even hatred of police. It’s scary to me personally, as a LEO wife, and it’s scary as a person to live in a society where emotions, rather than truth, are taken as fact and are used to stir up such division among different groups of peoples.

Mobeydick
Mobeydick

"Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz blamed the anti-police hatred that has raged across the United States." John Crawford III an the Pest control guy out west ring a bell to you. There is a reason people are hating on Law Enforcement today. Until people like Sheriff Bobby Schultz start demonizing the officers who kill people who should not be killed there is going to be more hatred placed on law enforcement!

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

I put this squarely on the shoulders of Hussein Obama

bronx163
bronx163

Thank Barak Obama for this bs. He started all of this anti vop bs. Remember the bs beer summit calling a sgt a racial profiler and stupid because he asked a man for id at a burglary call of a home. Because the guy was black and obamas libersl shitbag friend, from there out the war on cops began. Left has empowered their own to go out a rise up against cops.

Mic911
Mic911

I met Sheriff Schultz and few of his deputies on several occasions when visiting family that used to live in Trenton, I never met the two that were assassinated. The town of Trenton has around 2,00 people living in it, only one traffic light in town (it's actually the only one in the county as well) very close knit town and the Sheriff's office and his personnel are top notch, professional and friendly. Trenton is 25 miles west of Gainesville. This shooting shows no matter where it is in America,, there is hatred for the police and Law Enforcement, this one hit home for me. My thoughts and prayers for the families , Trenton and the LE community in Gilchrist County. Be safe out there brothers and sisters!!! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, THIS HAS TO STOP NOW!!!

Heezels
Heezels

Well, yeah, there are reasons that people hate law enforcement. But those reasons aren't exactly uniform. For instance, the white supremacist anarchists and the liberal anarchists both hate law enforcement, but for wildly contradictory reasons. The fact that Law enforcement is hated by white nationalists because they kill white people while going easy on black people, and that liberals hate the cops for the exact opposite reason, speaks volumes to the level of bias going on.

Essentially, people hate the police because the police enforce the rules. They use police brutality, shootings, misconduct as justifications for their hatred. But if the worst thing the police ever did was write tickets, they'd still find reasons to hate them.

61mouse
61mouse

Well it's true he did nothing when his brothers and sisters were walking up and assassinating LEOs he sat back and said NOTHING

LEO0301
LEO0301

You need to do that head slap a little harder. Maybe it will knock some sense into you.

LEO0301
LEO0301

The grand jury has spoken in the Crawford case. The officers, based on the information they received, had every reason to believe they were confronting an armed man. The reason officers are so concerned about being killed in clearly demonstrated in this story. People like you will always find a reason to hate the police.

Retiredleo
Retiredleo

Obama has the blood of dozens of officers on his hands. Obama Created the false narrative for Michale Brown as well as several others then went on national TV criticizing law enforcement before the investigations had even begun. As a result, BLM came into existence, the biased media took up the cause resulting in an atmosphere of not only hatred of law enforcement but also fostered an atmosphere of “open season” on law enforcement. THIS NEEDS TO STOP!

BlueLifeParent
BlueLifeParent

The people who have been killed by law enforcement was killed for a reason. They were killed for being stupid and not following lawful commands. Why don't you get out there and place yourself in the position of these police officers in this mad and stupid world. It's better to kill them be killed just ask questions later. Tell me one person that law enforcement has killed that was a saint that was following the rules of the law that have been set. Law enforcement has a dangerous job. If law enforcement tells you to stop you stop you don't reach in your pocket and pull out a cell phone or a pack of cigarettes after you have been told to put your hands in the air. Yes there might have been a few unjustified killing. But the vast majority of them can be justified in one way or the other because of the stupidness of the perpetrator.

DesireU
DesireU

I knew there would be an idiot to say something like this.

DesireU
DesireU

Barrack Obama has nothing to do with this. I knew there would be some idiots to say some crap like this. That bastard acted on his own. Obama was not his influence.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@nomorecommonsense
The more you talk, the more exact you appear when i imagine what you look like. You talk like every other fedora wearer I've ever met, and you know this is the truth.

nomorecommonsense
nomorecommonsense

Hilarious. There you go again fantasizing about other men. Why not provide a rational and logical arguement instead of trying to insult people, with a rather poor attempt by the way? I have not thought about how you look, but rather what you say. I have decided that you are either a troll, or just blatanty ignorant, and have no valid opinions but you still choose to act like you know something when you do not.

nomorecommonsense
nomorecommonsense

I'm guessing you were the one that he was initially replying to and decided to rope me into it. I completely agree with you and it has become somewhat of a goal to prove whoever it is wrong at every possible opportunity. It is just fun to me at this point.

nomorecommonsense
nomorecommonsense

Correction. You aren't the one who he was replying to, but still what I said stands.

nomorecommonsense
nomorecommonsense

I'm actually disappointed because I would like to rationally debate the issues on this site but the majority of intelligent people agree with me, and the rest just consider police as pigs, so my options are limited. As wrong as it may be I still think it's fun to prove ignorant people that their ideas are incorrect. It's like taking candy from a baby.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@nomorecommonsense
Would you describe the feeling as "euphoric, m'goodsir"?

nomorecommonsense
nomorecommonsense

It looks someone beat me to it, my good sir.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@nomorecommonsense
oh, no one would ever beat you to your fedora, bruh. your fedora and all the damsels you've saved on the internet are yours to keep.

nomorecommonsense
nomorecommonsense

Yet again. It seems like all you do is spout nonsense and fantasize about men. If you could find a job that involves both you would be set for life.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@nomorecommonsense I've had quite a few jobs, now i run a business. you should probably follow my lead; serve the country, then contribute to society in some form. seems like it's working out pretty well for me.