Police: Road Rage Prompted Fatal Shooting

36-year-old man gunned down at side of Interstate 97

Monday, Jun 10, 2013  |  Updated 10:30 AM EDT
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Investigators search one of the two vehicles at the center of the fatal road rage shooting incident Saturday night.

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Maryland State Police say that road rage led to a fatal shooting in Anne Arundel County Saturday night.

Investigators say the shooting occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. on the shoulder of a ramp connecting the northbound side of Route 3 with Interstate 97.

Investigators say that Joseph Harvey Jr., 36, of Millersville, pulled his green Honda Accord over to the side of the road and walked between 100 and 150 feet behind his car to confront Joseph Walker, 40, of East Ampton, N.J., whom police say was driving a gold Kia minivan.

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

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

Walker was also taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center in police custody. It is not clear if he actually sustained any injuries.

Walker has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. He is a sworn officer with the Hudson County (N.J.) Prosecutor's Office.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who may have witnessed the driving behaviors of the men is asked to contact Maryland State Police at (410) 761-5130.

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