Deborah Goad
A makeshift memorial for two Gilchrist County deputies in Veterans Memorial Park in Trenton at a candlelight vigil Saturday, April 21. Deputy Sgt. Noel Rameriz and Deputy Taylor Lindsey were having lunch Thursday, April 19, in in the Ace China Restaurant in Trenton when they were shot.
Deputies killed

Two Gilchrist County deputies were killed Thursday afternoon, April 17, when they were shot by a man whose motives are still unknown.

Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz said Sgt. Noel Ramirez and Deputy Taylor Lindsey were having lunch at about 3 p.m. when they were shot.

The sheriff refused to discuss the identity or any other details about the shooter during a press conference later in the day.

The shooter was later identified as John Hubert Highnote, 59, of Bell. He was found dead in a pickup truck outside the restaurant from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

No further information is available regarding Highnote. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting an ongoing criminal investigation.

“It’s not about him,” Schultz said at a press conference. “It’s about my deputies. There is no indication of any ongoing threat to our community, and we remain committed to your safety with the help of our other assisting agencies. This tragedy touches us all.”