A man the investigators say killed two sheriff deputies in rural North Florida was an enigmatic figure in the small farming community shaken by the shootings.
John Hubert Highnote, 58, had bought a home in a quiet, tree-lined area on a gravel road outside the tiny town of Bell in 2010, but did not speak with neighbors and was unfamiliar in the few restaurants or shops on Main Street , Authorities there said that they had never had contact with him.
Records show that he had previously lived in St. Petersburg, where he had a series of interference with the Law on minor crimes and misdemeanors, including one
On Thursday, Highnote entered a Chinese restaurant in the nearby town of Trenton and went to the deputies of Sgt. Gilchrist County. Noel Ramirez, 30, and Deputy Taylor Lindsey, 25, and fired at her before they had a chance to respond, authorities said. Then he got in his car and killed himself.
Jamie Mauldin, a waitress at Akin's Bar-BQ, about a mile from Highnot's house in Bell, said she did not know Highnote, but that Ramirez and Lindsey were regulars.
Ramirez was the sweetest of all times. He loved his family. He loved his job. He always had a smile, "she said, wearing a freshly made T-shirt with the inscription" Gilchrist Strong. "The proceeds go to the families of the MPs.
A neighbor who has been across the street for five years from Highnote, said he had never introduced himself, and she rarely saw him walking on her dirt road or out with her children, only seeing him when he drove into his garage.
"Me would see him pull, close the garage and go in. No lights on or nothing, "said the neighbor, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she did not want to be included in the investigation. She characterized him as a hermit.
Florida investigators say they may never Knowing why he fired the shots at Ace China Restaurant, about 60 kilometers west of Gainesville.
"It is inexplicable," prosecutor Bill Said Cervone. "People will want to know why, and we may never get an answer for them. "
Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz blamed death on hatred for prosecution.
" What do you expect when you demonize law enforcement to the extent that it has been demonized? Any kind of hate, any kind of depression that you can imagine, "Schultz said at a press conference.
" The only thing these men owed was to want to protect you and me. They just wanted to eat something and they just wanted to do their job, "he said.
President Donald Trump called the murdered MPs" HEROES "in a tweet expressing his condolences to his friends, families, and colleagues.
Highnote lived alone in a small, brick house on a dirt road under a canopy, and he bought the house in 201
He was convicted in 1978 for crimes n arrested with a hidden firearm, an indictment later dropped after he has successfully completed a pre-trial intervention, Pinellas County court records show.  Hightnote was also arrested for clandestinity in 2002, for which he also dropped a preparatory rerouting program and the indictment. The records had no further information about the mischief for which he was arrested. He was also quoted for drinking in public in 1977 and had 11 speeding tickets and other violations over the years.
Schultz said state law enforcement agencies are investigating, and one Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigator was at Highnote's House Friday.