Condolences pour in for Gilchrist County deputies

By Steve Patrick - News4Jax digital managing editor

Deputies outside the Ace China restaurant salute two of their own who were killed by a gunman.

After a gunman fired through the window of a restaurant and fatally shot Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Noel Ramirez and Deputy Taylor Lindsey eating in a Trenton restaurant Thursday afternoon, condolences poured in from federal, state and local officials and agencies, including President Donald Trump.

State officials, including Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi have issued statements about the killings, with the governor offering "any state support they may need."

“My heart breaks with the tragic news of two Gilchrist County deputies that were senselessly killed today while in the line of duty," Bondi wrote.

The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office tweeted Sheriff David Shoar's comment: "It's a tragedy that no sheriff should ever have to face. Please let us know how we can help."

Other condolence messages came in from around Northeast Florida:

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office posted on Facebook that Sheriff Gator DeLoach was in Gilchrist County helping his counterpart there. "Please join us in prayer for the murdered deputies, their families and the entire Gilchrist County community!"

Messages of sympathy and solidarity also flooded in from around the state.

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