Man who killed 2 Gilchrist Co. deputies had disdain for police, FDLE report says


The Florida Department of Law Enforcement just released a 132-page report into the shooting of two Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office deputies in April.

Sgt. Noel Ramirez and Deputy Taylor Lindsey were eating lunch at the Ace China restaurant in Trenton when investigators said John Highnote shot and killed them.

Then Highnote left, went to his Jeep in the parking lot and killed himself.

Since the shooting, many have wondered about a motive.

New paperwork explains that Highnote had anti-law enforcement propaganda inside his home.

A note on his refrigerator said:  “To the cowards who violated EVERY aspect of my life and privacy, destroyed my sense of safety and turned everyone around me against me, you have no idea what’s coming.”

Underneath the note, the report says a typewritten message indicated, “ALL COPS ARE EVIL, STUPID, LAZY.”

Investigators also said they found a cardboard target on the dining room table inside his home that read “COWARD COPS.”

Hate and racist propaganda was also found inside his residence including a note that said “Free OJ.”  

Investigators also explained that a “deer camera” inside his home captured thousands of pictures of Highnote.  In at least 202 of the photographs, Hightnote could be seen with a handgun or rifle in hand, the report said.

People who knew Highnote described him as a loner, recluse and someone who was often high strung, the report said.

During interviews with family members and former co-workers, it was revealed that Highnote had anger issues.  Many family members reported not having contact with Highnote for several years.

One family member indicated Highnote showed a desire to work for the Florida Highway Patrol at a point in his life, although that family member never learned what happened to that possible quest.

A medical examiner’s report, which is part of the FDLE report, shows that Highnote had alcohol in his system when he died.

Prior to driving to the restaurant, people noticed Hightnote at his former workplace, Coleman Construction in Newberry, where he took off at a high rate of speed.

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