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Florida Highway Patrol trooper killed in Martin County

The trooper was Joseph Bullock, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
Interstate 95 will be shut down in both directions at mile marker 107 for several hours due to an officer involved shooting, according to the Martin County Sheriff's Office.
Interstate 95 will be shut down in both directions at mile marker 107 for several hours due to an officer involved shooting, according to the Martin County Sheriff's Office. [ Martin County Sheriff's Office ]
Published Feb. 5, 2020
Updated Feb. 5, 2020

Miami Herald

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was shot and killed on Wednesday on Interstate 95 in Martin County, FHP said.

Trooper Joseph Bullock was shot near Palm City at mile marker 107, according to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office and the Highway Patrol. The crime scene shut down the highway for hours.

Bullock served about 19 years with FHP and has worked with the Fort Pierce troop his entire career. Before becoming a trooper, Bullock was in the Air Force.

“Today, the entire Florida Highway Patrol and FLHSMV family is heartbroken as we mourn the tragic loss of Trooper Joseph Bullock, a nearly 19-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol who chose to make selflessly serving and protecting others his life’s work,” said Florida Highway Safety Executive Director Terry Rhodes and FHP Col. Gene Spaulding in a statement. “Please keep his family and his team members in your prayers.”

The Highway Patrol said he died while “assisting the public” on I-95 in Martin County.

In a Facebook post, later deleted, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office also gave condolences.

“The members of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office would like to extend our condolences to our sister agency, the Florida Highway Patrol. Sadly they lost a trooper earlier today in Martin County due to a felonious act,” the Okeechobee Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook.

On Wednesday afternoon, an FHP was on the side of the road with its driver side door open and what appeared to be a tarp on the ground near the rear wheel of the car, according to Miami Herald news partner CBS4. A flatbed truck with a man’s body next to it in the grass was also seen nearby.

Deputies say the interstate will be shut down for several hours and are asking drivers to avoid the area.

No other information was immediately available.

No other information was immediately available.

Miami Herald staff writer David Goodhue contributed to this report.