Officer Charged With First-Degree Murder in Anne Arundel Road Rage Case

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    Joseph Walker (inset) has been charged in the shooting death of 36-year-old Joseph Harvey Jr. on a Maryland highway.

    A New Jersey police officer is now facing first degree murder charges in connection with a deadly road rage incident in Anne Arundel County.

    Joseph Walker, 40, is accused of shooting Joseph Harvey Jr. on the shoulder of a ramp connecting the northbound side of Route 3 with Interstate 97 back in June.

    Police say the two got into a heated exchange after Walker cut Harvey off. Harvey then pulled his green Honda Accord over to the side of the road and walked between 100 and 150 feet behind his car to confront Walker.

    Authorities believe Walker got out of his minivan, and after allegedly announcing that he was a police officer, shot in the direction of Harvey and a passenger in Harvey's car.

    Harvey was taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. His passenger was not harmed.

    Walker will be arraigned on Aug. 19.