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Flags at half-staff for slain Gilchrist County deputies

Gov. Rick Scott has ordered flags at half-staff Tuesday in honor of Gilchrist County Sheriff’s deputies Noel Ramirez and Taylor Lindsey.

The Governor’s Office made the announcement Monday evening.

Ramirez, a 29-year-old sergeant, had been in law enforcement for seven years and Deputy Taylor, 25, served for over three years.

“Investigators say a man opened fire on the two last Thursday as they sat down to eat at the Ace China Restaurant in Trenton,” CBS12.com reported. “They were on duty and in uniform.”

The Sheriff’s Office said the 59-year-old gunman later killed himself, taking his motive with him.

Scott directed the U.S. and state flags to be flown at half-staff at the Gilchrist County Courthouse, City Hall, and at the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office, all in Trenton, from sunrise to sunset. Trenton is about 30 miles west of Gainesville.

Ramirez is survived by his wife and two young children, the site reported.

On Tuesday, a public viewing will be held at 10 a.m. at Bell Middle/High School, followed by a non-denominational service at 11 a.m.

Graveside honors will follow at Bronson Cemetery at 2:30 p.m., according to News4jax.com.

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