Maryland State Police say an officer with the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in New Jersey has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in connection with the shooting death of a Lansdowne man after an alleged road rage incident Saturday night in Anne Arundel County.
Police say Joseph Walker, 40, of East Ampton, N.J. is being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on a $1 million bond after the shooting, which took place along Interstate 97.
Shortly after 8:30 p.m., troopers were called for the report of a shooting along the shoulder of the ramp from northbound Route 3 to I-97.
Joseph Harvey Jr., 36, of Smith Avenue, Lansdowne, was found injured and was taken by ambulance to Baltimore Washington Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Police said they believe the incident resulted from a reported road rage incident that had occurred between the drivers of two vehicles.
Police said Harvey was the driver of a green Honda Accord which had pulled over onto the shoulder at the time of the incident. Police believe Harvey and a passenger in his vehicle got out of the Honda and approached a minivan that had also pulled over, driven by Walker, police said. The minivan was parked about 100-150 feet behind the Honda.
Police said that as Harvey approached, Walker exited the driver’s side of his minivan and allegedly stated that he was a police officer.
Police said Walker fired a .45-caliber handgun in the direction of Harvey, striking him. When police arrived on the scene, emergency medical personnel were providing medical treatment to Harvey. Police said Harvey was transported by ambulance to Baltimore Washington Medical Center, where he died..
Walker was also transported by ambulance to Baltimore Washington Medical Center complaining of chest pains, police said. Harvey’s passenger was unharmed in the incident.
Sunday afternoon, police confirmed that Walker was a sworn officer with the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in New Jersey. He is awaiting an appearance before the Court Commissioner.
Meanwhile, investigators with the State Police Homicide Unit were continuing to interview motorists who may have witnessed the driving behaviors of both Harvey and Walker prior to the shooting. Anyone with information is ask to contact the Maryland State Police at 410-761-5130.
Police said the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney has been notified of the incident.
This story has been updated.