Slain FHP trooper's body escorted to Sarasota

Slain FHP trooper escorted to Sarasota. (WPEC)

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. (WPEC) - The body of the Florida Highway Patrol trooper shot to death in Martin County is on its way to Florida's Gulf Coast.

A procession to escort the body of Trooper Joseph Bullock went through St. Lucie County on Friday morning, en route to Sarasota. Bullock's family lives there.

The procession began at 8:30 a.m. from the Medical Examiner's Office on the campus of Indian River State College.

The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office says drivers should expect delays on Highway 70 between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. due to the heavy presence of law enforcement.

People are encouraged to stand along the highway to pay their respects.

Investigators said Bullock stopped to help the driver of a broken-down car. The driver, identified as 30-year-old Franklin Reed of Palm Bay, shot Bullock to death. An off-duty Riviera Beach Police Officer, Jemel Headings, saw the events unfold and shot and killed Reed.

Funeral arrangements are still being formalized.

Watch the procession live: