Ramirez, 30, had been a law enforcement officer for about seven years and Lindsey was 25 years old, the sheriff said. Ramirez was married and had children. Lindsey had a girlfriend. Authorities said they did not immediately know the shooter’s motivation. Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert D. Schultz III appreciated the two killed officers were “the best of the best,” referring to their integrity and loyalty. „And they loved what they did. And we’re very proud of them,” he said.
When other deputies responded to the restaurant, they found the shooter dead outside of a gunshot wound. It was identified as John Hubert Highnote, 59, of Bell, another town in the county. The suspect appears to have walked to the front of the business and shot both men without warning. Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) said he was “heartbroken” by the shootings. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting. There were 128 law enforcement deaths in the line of duty last year, down from the 143 officers who died in 2016, according to a report from the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, a nonprofit group that tracks such deaths.