Two Florida deputies, suspect killed in shootout at restaurant
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JACKSONVILLE — Two sheriff’s deputies were shot and killed inside a Florida restaurant Thursday after a suspect walked up to the business and fired at them through the window, authorities say.
According to the Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz, the incident occurred around 3 p.m. at the Ace China Restaurant in Trenton. When deputies arrived at the scene, they found the deputies dead, along with the suspected shooter, who died outside of the business.
An Alachua County Sheriff’s Office news release didn’t say how the suspect died. Authorities say there’s no apparent motive for the shooting.
The names of the deputies and shooter weren’t immediately released.
Trenton is about 30 miles west of Gainesville.
The Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter that the department has “suffered a terrible tragedy.” The tweet says residents should stay away from an area of Trenton. That message also says no suspects are at large.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and the Levy County Sheriff’s Office are on their way to the area to assist with the investigation.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and Gov. Rick Scott also released a statement on Twitter, expressing their condolences.
Contributing: The Associated Press