Two Florida Deputies Murdered – Ambushed Inside Restaurant

By Faye Higbee

Two Florida Deputies from Gilchrist County were shot through the window of the Ace China restaurant in Trenton today at around 3 p.m.. A man walked up to the window and opened fire at the unsuspecting officers while they were eating lunch. Both deputies died. When police arrived at the scene, they found that the suspect had walked back to his car and fatally shot himself.

Update from Blue Lives Matter:

“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…

…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.”


Sergeant Noel Ramirez, a 7 year law enforcement veteran, and Deputy Taylor Lindsey were identified as the deceased officers.

“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 Bobby Shultz

Sgt Ramirez leaves behind a wife and small children. Deputy Lindsey had a girlfriend.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will be conducting the investigation, so few details are available at this time. The motive is unknown.

Sheriff Bobby Schultz released this statement: