Two Florida deputies were shot and killed Thursday

Clay Curtis
April 21, 2018

"They were unable to return fire", the statement said. "No officers engaged with the assailant".

Trenton, a town with more than 2,000 residents, is about 30 miles west of Gainesville.

Remarking on the recent murder of two Florida sheriff's deputies, the sheriff of Gilchrist County, Florida, said law enforcement is being "demonized" in America and that demonizing is creating a culture of anti-cop hatred.

Alachua County Sgt. Brett Rhodenizer, who is one of several law enforcement spokesmen helping the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office, said no matter what agents find at Highnote's home, it's unlikely the biggest question will ever be answered: Why would a 59-year-old man with a relatively minor criminal history walk into a restaurant in broad daylight and ambush two deputies?

The front windows of the restaurant did not appear to be blown out. "After 26 years of doing this, there is nothing that can prepare you for senseless deaths", Schultz said. He said they still don't have a motive.

The men were "killed in the line of duty", authorities said. I have spoken with the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office and committed all available state resources they may need.

Highnote was arrested in 1978 for carrying a concealed weapon, according to the Tampa Bay Times, but the charge was dismissed.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the incident.

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"The daily risk that law enforcement officers take to protect our communities is overwhelming", Bondi's statement continued.

The Washington Post quoted Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office saying, "Both our heroes had simply sat down to eat while on duty".

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

The department has received numerous condolences and messages of support, including from President Trump, who said, "My thoughts, prayers and condolences are with the families, friends and colleagues" of the slain deputies.

Highnote lived just up the road from the restaurant in the small town of Bell, but he was originally from the Tampa Bay area, records show. He then went into his auto and killed himself. "It's inexplicable", State Attorney Bill Cervone said of the suspect. "They gave their lives so that we can all be safe".

A GoFundMe account has been established for the owners of the Ace China restaurant in Trenton.

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

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