Two deputies shot, killed in apparent ambush at restaurant in Florida
TRENTON, Fla. — Two deputies in Trenton, Florida were killed in the line of duty on Thursday.
Around 3 p.m., two Gilchrist County Deputy Sheriffs were shot and killed in the Ace China restaurant in downtown Trenton, after a suspect walked up to the business and shot both deputies through the window.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, when fellow deputies responded to the scene, they found the shooter deceased outside the business and both deputy sheriffs deceased.
“At this point, it remains an active criminal investigation with no apparent motive or indications as to why this tragedy occurred,” the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a press release. “Sheriff Bobby Schultz has been on scene throughout the afternoon with his deputies and their families, notifying additional loved ones.”
A press conference is expected at 7 p.m.
Officials from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the State Attorney’s Office have all responded to the area to assist.
About an hour ago, two deputies with the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office were shot and killed in a suspected ambush….
Ace China restaurant is located on East Wade Street in Trenton, Florida, just off SR-26. Trenton is in Gilchrist County, approximately two hours north of Tampa Bay.
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
Around 5:20 p.m., Florida Governor Rick Scott announced that he has been briefed by Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz on the shooting. “I’ve offered any state support they may need,” he wrote in a tweet.
“It is true evil for anyone to hurt a law enforcement officer, and in Florida, we have zero tolerance for violence, especially against the police,” Gov. Scott wrote in a press release. Tonight, I ask every Floridian to honor these law enforcement officers, their brothers and sisters in uniform and their families. May God bless those who work to keep our communities safe.”
Later in the evening, President Donald Trump tweeted his condolences.
My thoughts, prayers and condolences are with the families, friends and colleagues of the two @GCSOFlorida deputies (HEROES) who lost their lives in the line of duty today.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 19, 2018
Several law enforcement agencies across Florida also began offering their condolences and support to the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Department.