Trooper Joseph Jon Bullock

Trooper Joseph Jon Bullock

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch Wednesday, February 5, 2020

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Joseph Jon Bullock

Trooper Joseph Bullock was shot and killed at approximately 10:15 while assisting a disabled vehicle on I-95 just north of the interstate rest area in Martin County.

He stopped to assist the motorist whose vehicle had become stuck on a swale. He had positioned his patrol car behind the vehicle and completed paperwork for approximately one hour while the motorist waited for a tow truck to remove the vehicle. During this time Trooper Bullock had several normal interactions with the motorist.

Once the tow truck driver arrived the man became upset with the cost of having the vehicle towed. He calmly walked back to Trooper Bullock’s vehicle and, without warning, drew a handgun and fatally shot him in the head.

The man then attempted to shoot the tow truck driver, but his gun jammed, allowing the tow truck driver to run to safety. The tow truck driver was able to get the attention of an off-duty Riviera Beach detective who was driving into work.

The detective fatally shot the subject after the man confronted him and pointed the gun at him.

Trooper Bullock was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for 19 years. He is survived by his parents and two sisters.

In December 2020, the Port Salerno post office was renamed the Trooper Joseph Bullock Building and I-95, where he was shot, was also renamed Trooper Joseph Bullock Memorial Highway.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge 595
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

ambush, disabled motorist

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Dear Trooper Joseph J Bullock,
I never knew you but remember hearing of what happened to you last year on this day, I wrote your name on my car but not before reading about how your life was taken... I am so sorry I wish I was there to have been able to help.. I cried as I wrote your name and EOW date your age and tour of duty, the reflections written about you and while you are not here with the FHP anymore, your name and spirit lives on in so many peoples memories. I can’t forget your picture or your badge no, and whenever I see a Florida Highway Patrol Car I think of you and say a prayer for your family and for the Troopers everywhere.

Thank you for your 19 yrs. of service with FHP and thank you for serving our country also in the Air Force , they got the man who shot you and I’m sure happy they did he will never hurt another one again. I heard they named a post office building after you and also the highway where your life was taken...
I live in Florida and would love to go someday to pay my respects.
Each time I write about and Officer down It reminds me to pray for all the families and how short life may be, and how blessed we are to have men and women out there that will lay down their lives to help save another.
I will always stop to help out an Officer in need, I’m just a citizen but one with Military and Police family ...
I hear you have 2 sisters and parents who are hear I’m sure thinking about you all the time.
Your life meant a lot and still does to many, please know we have not nor will we forget what you have done to keep others safe while paying the ultimate price.
God bless your family and keep them safe and may they know your in Heaven watching down on them.
1 yr. Anniversary of the loss of
Trooper Joseph J. Bullock
EOW: 2/5/20
Badge No:595
Florida highway Patrol for 19yrs
Veterans with the U.S Air Force

Andrea Holmes

February 5, 2021

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