WEDNESDAY 6:30 P.M. UPDATE: The Florida Highway Patrol says that around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, 42-year-old Trooper Joseph Bullock, a 19-year veteran of the agency, was assisting a disabled vehicle in the northbound lanes of I-95 near mile marker 107, just south of Martin Highway. That is when a suspect who was with that disabled vehicle suddenly opened fire, shooting and killing Bullock. “A Riviera Beach police officer who was passing by engaged the suspect, fatally shooting him,” says FHP Col. Gene Spaulding. Authorities have not yet released the suspect’s name, and it remains unclear why he shot the trooper. https://twitter.com/FLHSMV/status/1225146366772596736?s=20 “It’s a tragic loss for the Florida Highway Patrol family,” adds Col. Spaulding. “It will take a long time for the Florida Highway Patrol to heal.” Bullock is survived by his parents and two sisters. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has taken over the investigation from the FHP. Earlier on Wednesday, the Florida Highway Patrol released this statement: “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. Please keep his family and his team members in your prayers.” At 4:30 p.m., a procession involving dozens of law enforcement officers led the body of Trooper Bullock to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Fort Pierce. All north and southbound lanes of I-95 were shut down for hours between Kanner Highway (mile marker 101) and Becker Road (mile marker 114), but reopened before 6 p.m. FHP says Trooper Bullock spent his entire career with Troop L (Fort Pierce) and was a field training officer, training and mentoring young troopers. In addition, he was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Bullock is the 49th deputy to die in the line of duty in the FHP’s 80-year history. ————————————————————————————————————— ORIGINAL STORY: All lanes on I-95 north and south have reopened. They were shutdown following the shooting death of a Florida Highway Patrol trooper Wednesday.
The entire Florida Highway Patrol and FLHSMV family mourns today for the loss of one of our own, FHP Trooper Joseph Bullock. Please keep his family and his team members in your prayers. pic.twitter.com/kQ8zO0mVGF
— FLHSMV (@FLHSMV) February 5, 2020
Details of what led to the shooting have not been released and the road will remain closed while police investigate. The victim, trooper Joseph Bullock, had been with the Florida Highway Patrol for almost 19 years. This is a developing story, stay with 850 WFTL for the latest.