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Fallen FHP trooper escorted to Sarasota; public, fellow law enforcement officers came out to show support

Posted at 6:36 AM, Feb 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-07 17:17:37-05

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. — Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Joseph Bullock was escorted to Sarasota on Friday morning, and authorities are encouraging the public to come out and show their support.

Trooper Bullock, a 19-year veteran of the agency, was fatally shot on Wednesday while helping a disabled vehicle on I-95.

Witnesses told authorities the suspect, identified as 28-year-old Franklin Reed III, was upset about paying for a tow truck. He opened fire and killed the trooper before being fatally shot himself by a passing Riviera Beach police officer.


The Highlands County Sheriff's Office stood along Highway 70, at US 27, during Friday morning's procession.