- Deputy sheriffs inside Trenton’s Ace China restaurant when gunman approached
- The suspect then shot them dead through window at around 3pm on Thursday
- When other deputies arrived, they found the two officers and the shooter dead
Two Florida deputies have been killed in an ambush by a gunman who opened fire through the window of a Chinese restaurant.
At about 3pm, the two Gilchrist County Deputy Sheriffs were inside the Ace China restaurant in downtown Trenton, when a suspect walked by and shot them dead.
When other deputies arrived at the scene, they found the two officers and the shooter dead.
GILCHRIST COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE has suffered a terrible tragedy. Please avoid the area of SR 26 from the red light to the area of subway. No suspects are at large. Further updates will be posted later.
— Gilchrist Co Sheriff (@GCSOFlorida) April 19, 2018
The sheriff’s office announced on Twitter that residents should stay away from an area of Trenton. That message also says no suspects are at large.
The sheriff’s office said in a statement: ‘At approximately 3:00pm this afternoon, two Gilchrist County Deputy Sheriffs were shot and killed in the Ace China restaurant in downtown Trenton, after a suspect walked up to business and shot both deputies through the window.
‘As fellow deputies responded to the scene, they found the shooter deceased outside the business, and both Deputy Sheriffs where they died of their wounds.
‘At this point, it remains an active criminal investigation with no apparent motive or indications as to why this tragedy occurred.
‘Sheriff Bobby Schultz has been on scene throughout the afternoon with his deputies and their families, notifying additional loved ones, and will be speaking to the media at 7:00pm EDT.’
Trenton is in northern Florida, about 35 miles west of Gainesville.
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