Gilchrist shooter has ties to Tampa Bay area, history of violent anger

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Before gunning down two sheriff’s deputies in Gilchrist County, John Highnote lived in the Tampa Bay area.

He still has family in the area and a record of a violent temper.

In 2001, Highnote worked at Furman BMW and was called in by a supervisor after a confrontation with a customer.

The supervisor reported to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office he just wanted to speak to Highnote about the incident.

The supervisor told a sheriff’s deputy Highnote became irrational and angry, yelling, screaming and he threw a cup of coffee.

The supervisor fired him on the spot, but when Highnote threatened to come back, the supervisor called the sheriff’s office for help.

Family members declined to talk about Highnote on Friday.

One of them even put up a note at their business advising media to stay away or they would call the police.

So far, Highpoint’s family members have not publicly expressed any sympathy for the Gilchrist County deputies killed in the line of duty.

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