MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. — Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Joseph Bullock was shot and killed on Wednesday in the line of duty on Interstate 95 in Martin County. He was 42 years old.
Authorities say Bullock had been with the Florida Highway Patrol for 19 years. Bullock spent his law enforcement career as a field training officer, training and mentoring young troopers. He was a part of Troop L in Fort Pierce.
Bullock was also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
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."
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
Bullock is survived by his parents and two sisters.
Condolences have been pouring in from law enforcement agencies across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, who are expressing their sorrow at Trooper Bullock's tragic passing.
Senator Rick Scott shared his condolences on Twitter.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of @FLHSMV Trooper Joseph Bullock.— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) February 5, 2020
Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line each day to protect our families and communities and we are forever grateful for their service and sacrifice. https://t.co/1fcsSUfIeL
Martin County Sheriff's Office expressed condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Bullock.
The men and women of the Delray Beach Police Department extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends and @FLHSMV colleagues of Trooper Joseph Bullock. May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/gEEOQxHn0n— Delray Beach Police (@DelrayBeachPD) February 5, 2020
The men and women from the Stuart Police Department send their condolences to Trooper Bullock’s family, fellow troopers, and other law enforcement officers that worked with him throughout his career. https://t.co/wVC1ZqFQc5— Stuart Police Dept. (@cityofstuart) February 5, 2020
Our prayers are with the family of Trooper Joseph Bullock and all of our brothers and sisters at Florida Highway Patrol. Rest in peace, brother. https://t.co/m1BOXCkRsQ— Boynton Beach Police (@BBPD) February 5, 2020
We are devastated. Our hearts are with our brothers & sisters of the Florida Highway Patrol.— West Palm Beach PD (@WestPalmPD) February 5, 2020
The men and women of the FAU Police Department send our thoughts and prayers to the Florida Highway Patrol family. pic.twitter.com/pY2DXqvpXc— FAU Police (@FAUPD) February 5, 2020
Today we mourn the loss of Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Joseph Bullock who was fatally wounded in the line of duty while serving the public on I-95 in Martin County. We give our deepest condolences to Trooper Bullock’s family and FHP/@FLHSMV team members. pic.twitter.com/2zVxZiPZHg— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) February 5, 2020