Florida trooper killed by stranded motorist after trooper stopped to help him

Florida Highway Patrol says Trooper Joseph Bullock was assisting a man with a disabled car on a highway when he was gunned down by the man. (FLHSMV)

STUART, Fla. (WTSP) — A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was shot and killed in the line of duty Wednesday on Interstate 95.

Trooper Joseph Bullock, a 19-year veteran, was assisting a disabled car on I-95 in Martin County, according to the FHP. The person who needed help with the car ended up shooting the trooper, the agency said.

Bullock was 42-years-old.

A Rivera Beach police officer came across the scene and the accused shooter. The officer shot and killed him.

Bullock also served his country as an Air Force veteran.

"Today, the entire Florida Highway Patrol and FLHSMV family is heartbroken as we mourn the tragic loss of Trooper Joseph Bullock, a nearly 19-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol who chose to make selflessly serving and protecting others his life's work," the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles said in a statement.

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