ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. - A Florida Highway Patrol state trooper was killed in the line of duty on Interstate 75 in Alachua County Saturday evening, officials said.
Highway Patrol Master Sgt. William T. Bishop was investigating a traffic accident that occurred on I-75 at Mile Marker 403 in Alachua County.
About 6:30 p.m. Saturday, two vehicles traveling southbound on I-75 collided in a second traffic crash.
Bishop was struck by at least one vehicle while standing outside of his patrol vehicle. He was taken to Shands Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Charges are pending.
Governor Rick Scott released a statement on Sunday regarding the death of Trooper Bishop
“We are heartbroken to learn of the death of 30-year veteran FHP Trooper Sergeant William Trampas Bishop while on duty in Alachua County. Ann and I are praying for Sergeant Bishop’s family and loved ones during this very difficult time. Our thoughts are also with the entire Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and Florida Highway Patrol family as they grieve the loss of Sergeant Bishop. Every day, Florida’s law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to protect and serve Florida families. This terrible loss is a somber reminder of the work our brave law enforcement officers do to keep us safe.”