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Funeral details for fallen FHP Trooper Joseph Bullock announced

Posted at 5:11 AM, Feb 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-10 07:49:54-05

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. — The body of Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Joseph Bullock, who was shot and killed in the line of duty in Martin County earlier this week, arrived at a funeral home in Sarasota on Friday.

A procession involving dozens of law enforcement vehicles left the St. Lucie County Medical Examiner's Office around 8:30 a.m.

Trooper Bullock's body was driven in a hearse across the state along State Road 70 to the Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home in Sarasota, where the trooper's family lives.

Bullock's body arrived at the funeral home around 12:15 p.m. in an American flag-draped casket.

Trooper Joseph Bullock's family released the following statement:



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At one point along the procession route, hundreds of law enforcement officers and residents lined both sides of the road in Okeechobee, holding American flags and paying their respects to the fallen trooper.


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Authorities said Trooper Bullock was assisting 28-year-old Franklin Reed III, who had a disabled vehicle on Interstate 95 in Martin County on Wednesday morning.

Reed suddenly opened fire, killing Trooper Bullock.

Witnesses said Reed was angry over having to pay to tow his car, and that's why he shot the 42-year-old trooper.

According to FHP, an off-duty Riviera Beach police officer, Jemel Headings, was passing by the scene and engaged the suspect, fatally shooting him.

Trooper Bullock spent his entire 19-year career with FHP's Troop L in Fort Pierce, and was also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Members of the public are dropping off cards and bouquets of flowers inside Troop L's headquarters on Friday to honor the trooper.

His memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Bayside Community Church - East Bradenton Campus located at 15800 S.R. 64 in Bradenton, Florida 34212.

Law enforcement Honors will occur at Bayside Community Church immediately following the memorial service. At the conclusion of Law Enforcement Honors, there will be a Law Enforcement Procession from Bayside Community Church to the Sarasota National Cemetery entrance. The interment will be a limited function for family, FHP Troop L members and FHP Command Staff.