PALM CITY, Fla. – A Florida Highway Patrol trooper died in a shooting near an Interstate 95 rest stop Wednesday, according to the agency.
Trooper Joseph Bullock, a 19-year veteran, died in a shooting before noon near a rest stop not far from Palm City, about a 45-minute drive north of West Palm Beach, the Highway Patrol said in a statement.
Col. Gene Spaulding said his department is heartbroken.
“The worst part of this job is receiving a call like we did this morning, telling us a trooper was killed in the line of duty,” Spaulding said.
Bullock was killed in what the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office called a “felonious act,” according to WPLG.
Investigators said Trooper Bullock was helping a motorist who pulled over.
“This is a tragedy and it’s going to take a long time to heal,” Spaulding said.
Riviera police pursued and fatally shot the gunman, according to FHP.
The shooting closed I-95 in both directions in the area. It was expected to remain closed until at least late Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
No further details have been released, including whether a suspect is in custody. The agency did not immediately respond to phone calls, emails or texts.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.