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Gunman kills 2 deputies as they eat: 'What do you expect happens when you demonize law enforcement?

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Two Gilchrist County, Florida deputies were gunned down on Thursday while they ate lunch at a local Chinese restaurant, according to WOGX-TV.

What are the details?

Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 30, and Deputy Taylor Lindsey, 25, were eating lunch at a Trenton, Florida Chinese restaurant when a man — later identified as 59-year-old John Hubert Highnote — reportedly walked up to the eatery's exterior and fired shots at the two officers through the window.

The gunman's bullets struck both Ramirez and Lindsey and the two officers died at the scene.

CNN reported that Highnote simply "shot both men without warning." He was purportedly discovered dead outside the business.

"Both our heroes had simply sat down to eat while on duty," Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz said. "There was no crime in progress, no disturbance."

"Two holes in the window are visible tonight," Schultz added.

Schultz spoke reverently of the deputies, calling them the "best of the best," according to WOGX.

"They were men of integrity," Schultz described. "They were men of loyalty. They’re God-fearing, and they loved what they did and were very proud of it."

"I [can] sit here in front of all of you and say that I loved them," Schultz admitted. "And they were loved by all."

Ramirez served as an officer for approximately seven years at the time of his death. Lindsey served for three years.

Was there a motive?

The Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office shared an update on Facebook specifying that there is "no apparent motive" at the time of their posting.

"At this point, it remains an active criminal investigation with no apparent motive or indications as to why this tragedy occurred," the office wrote on Facebook.

Schultz also noted that there were many things he wanted to say that he shouldn't.

"I will say this," Schultz revealed, according to CNN. "We're not going to make this ... a political issue. Other than the fact, what do you expect happens when you demonize law enforcement to the extent that it's been demonized? Every type of hate, every type of putdown that you can think of."

"The only thing these men were guilty of was wanting to protect you and me," he added.

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