BREAKING: Suspect identified in shooting death of 2 Gilchrist Co. deputies

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UPDATE (10:15): The shooter was identified late Thursday as John Highnote, 59. 

Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz has identified the fallen deputies as Noel Ramirez and Taylor Lindsey.

ORIGINAL STORY

GILCHRIST COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office were killed on Thursday.

According to the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office, the deputies were shot and killed in front of a Chinese restaurant in downtown Trenton around 3 p.m.

A suspect walked up to the business and shot both deputies through the window.

As fellow deputies responded to the scene, they found the shooter dead outside the business.

Both deputies died of their wounds.

The investigation is ongoing at this time with no apparent motive or indications as to why the tragedy occurred. 

will give an update to media at 7 p.m.

Two deputies from the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office were killed on Thursday, according to the Levy County Sheriff.

The deputies died shortly after a shooting incident in the Trenton area.

The Levy County sheriff confirmed the suspect is dead as well.

“GILCHRIST COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE has suffered a terrible tragedy,” says a post from the Gilchrist County’s account.

“Please avoid the area of SR 26 from the red light to the area of subway. No suspects are at large. Further updates will be posted later.”

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement did not confirm whether the deputies died during the shooting.

Trenton is about 30 miles west of Gainesville.

No further information was immediately released.

Stay with WFLA.com for more details on this breaking story.

Gilchrist Co Sheriff@GCSOFlorida

GILCHRIST COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE has suffered a terrible tragedy. Please avoid the area of SR 26 from the red light to the area of subway. No suspects are at large. Further updates will be posted later.

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Adam Putnam@adamputnam

Our prayers go out to the brave deputies in Gilchrist County who died in service to our state. Please keep their families and the Sheriff’s Dept in that close knit community in your thoughts.

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