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.
Members of the public and local companies have dropped off cards and bouquets of flowers inside FHP Troop L to honor Trooper Joseph Bullock killed Wed in Martin County. A procession was held this morning transporting his body to Sarasota. @WPTV pic.twitter.com/2y2ooXMx9J— Ryan Hughes (@HughesWPTV) February 7, 2020
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.
The emotional escort as Trooper Joseph Bullock’s body is transported to Sarasota where he has family. Thank you for your service, sir 🖤💙 @FHPPalmBeach @WPTV @FOX29WFLX #thinblueline pic.twitter.com/yHjUzJ5OKE— Stephanie Susskind (@StephanieWPTV) February 7, 2020
THIS MORNING: Fallen FHP Trooper Joseph Bullock will be escorted to Sarasota from Saint Lucie County— Linnie Supall (@LinnieSupall) February 7, 2020
Hwy 70 will have a heavy Law Enforcement presence during this time
Community encouraged to show support along Hwy 70
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