NJ officer charged in deadly Md. road rage shooting

GAMBRILLS, Md. -  

Here is the minivan police say 40-year-old Joseph Walker was driving.  Police surrounded the vehicle Saturday night after they say he fired a .45 glock and killed Joseph Harvey, Jr.  Neighbors say the 36-year-old bought a home on Smith Ave. in Halethorpe just a month ago. 

"He was a good man.  He shared his feelings and he offered us any help," said Intikhab Haider, a neighbor.

Police say Harvey was driving his Honda when he got into some kind of fight with Walker.  The two pulled to the side of Rt. 3 Northbound on the I-97 ramp in Millersville.

Harvey went up to walker's minivan and was shot.  Maryland State Police say kids witnessed the crime. 

"Police believe Walker was traveling with his wife and three kids on their way back to New Jersey," said Elena Russo, Maryland State Police spokesperson. 

As surprising, Walker is a sworn officer with the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office in New Jersey.  His work car was parked in front of his Eastampton home.  Neighbors just don't get it.

"You should just keep going.  Once you pull over, nothing good is going to happen," said Wayne Stevenson, Walker's neighbor. 

Whatever happened about a mile before the two cars pulled to the side of the road made both drivers think it was worth meeting face-to-face.  Harvey's neighbors say he lived alone but he was engaged to be married.  He drove a truck for a living.

On Sunday night, no one answered his front door.

"I am really sorry for him," said Haider.    

We don't know why Officer Joseph Walker was in Anne Arundel County, but for now he's staying there on a one-million-dollar bond.

He's charged with second degree murder and manslaughter, and he's being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Maryland State Police at the Glen Burnie Barrack at (410) 761-5130.
 

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