Two sheriff’s deputies have been killed in Florida Thursday— gunned down in broad daylight — during a suspected ambush, according to authorities.

The cops were eating at a Chinese restaurant in the city of Trenton, about 35 miles west of Gainesville, when the shooter walked up and started blasting through a window, officials said in a statement.

The gunman shot both deputies dead and then took his own life. Officials said no one else was injured. The incident happened around 3 p.m.

The cops involved were identified Thursday night as Sergeant Noel Ramirez, 30, and Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey, 25, of the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office.

The cops involved were deputies with the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office.

“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,” officials said.

The sheriff’s office had initially released a statement on their social media pages Thursday, saying there were “no suspects at large.” While they didn’t offer any other details, the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office was able to provide some information on their Facebook page.

“About an hour ago, two deputies with the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office were shot and killed in a suspected ambush,” officials said. “Please keep the families of these deputies, Sheriff Bobby Schultz, and the rest of their law enforcement family in your prayers.”

Other law enforcement agencies in the surrounding area and across Florida were also offering their condolences on Thursday evening as word spread about the shooting.

“We are devastated to learn the news of the Gilchrist County deputies who were killed in the line of duty,” tweeted the Department of Corrections. “Our deepest condolences are with their families and the community who lost two heroes today. FDC stands ready to support.”

Orlando Police said, “We are heartbroken to learn that two Gilchrist County Sheriffs Office deputies were killed in the line of duty today. OPD stands in grief with their families and fellow deputies.”

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