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Halethorpe Man Shot To Death In I-97 Road Rage Incident

| June 09, 2013, 01:54 AM | 7 Comments

shootingCORRECTION: The initial headline indicated that the victim was from Millersville based on early MSP information. Subsequent info has identified the victim as being from Halethorpe, MD. We have changed the headline and corrected the story below.

Maryland State Police continue to investigate a fatal shooting that occurred after an alleged road rage incident on Interstate 97 in Anne Arundel County last night.

The deceased is identified as Joseph Harvey, Jr, 36, of the 400-block of Old Mill Road in Millersville, Maryland Joseph Harvey, Junior, 36, of the 2000-block of Smith Avenue in Halethorpe, Maryland. Harvey was the driver of a green Honda Accord which was parked on the shoulder at the time of the incident. Harvey was transported to the Baltimore Washington Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The suspect is identified as Joseph Walker, 40, of the unit block of Cambridge Court in Eastampton Township (near Mt. Holly), New Jersey. Walker was the operator of a gold Kia minivan which was also parked on the shoulder at the time of the incident.

Shortly after 8:30 p.m. last night, troopers from the Glen Burnie Barrack responded to a shooting which allegedly occurred on the shoulder of the ramp from northbound Route 3 to Interstate 97. Police received information that a road rage incident had occurred between the two vehicles, prior to both vehicles pulling over on to the shoulder where the shooting occurred.

The preliminary investigation indicates two men, Harvey and a passenger in his vehicle, exited the Honda after both vehicles came to rest on the shoulder of I-97. Police believe Harvey approached Walker’s minivan, while his passenger remained standing near the Honda. Walker’s vehicle was parked about 100-150 feet behind the Honda.

As Harvey approached, Walker exited the driver’s side of his minivan and allegedly announced that he was a police officer. Harvey continued to approach Walker in a reportedly aggressive manner.

Walker then brandished a firearm and shot in the direction of the two men, injuring Harvey. Harvey’s passenger was not injured.

Emergency medical personnel arrived on the scene and immediately began medical treatment on Harvey. Harvey was then transported by ambulance to Baltimore Washington Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Walker was also transported by ambulance to Baltimore Washington Medical Center where he remains in police custody. Harvey’s passenger was taken to Glen Burnie Barrack for questioning. He was unharmed in the incident.

Investigators from the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit continue to interview motorists who may have witnessed the driving behaviors of both Harvey and Walker prior to the shooting. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Maryland State Police at the Glen Burnie Barrack at (410) 761-5130.

Homicide Unit investigators and troopers from the Glen Burnie Barrack were assisted by officers from the Anne Arundel County Police Department and emergency service providers from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. State Police crime scene technicians processed the scene for evidence. Personnel from the State Highway Administration responded to assist with traffic detours.

The Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney has been notified and will be updated as more information becomes available. The investigation continues.

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  1. So, it’s unconfirmed that the shooter was a police officer. Not that it should matter. A cop from NJ (assuming he was a cop) has no right to pull out a gun over a road rage incident.

    What is going wring with this area. People are just plain crazy on the road anymore.

  2. Kevin Day says:

    Omg ken your so right

  3. BCPD says:

    Sad, very sad…and you are right, Ken. An officer from New Jersey has very little right to brandish his sidearm and begin firing over a road rage incident. While I am sure that there is more to it, it is a pretty messed up situation overall.

    I played football with Joe in High School, and am deeply saddened by this loss. Such a waste and completely avoidable.

  4. Jack A. says:

    The “so called” officer should be charged in this case.. He had no right to pull over and confront the victim. Any other person would be “expected” by law enforcement to call 911 and report the incident, not take the matter into their own hands. This New Jersey man obviously had a power trip going on during the situation. Not saying that either person should of done what they did to cause the situation, but the “officer” should have known better… he doesn’t even have jurisdiction in the area, so what where his intentions? What was he going to do? You don’t pull out a gun unless you are in danger.. and he wouldn’t have been in danger if he would have stayed driving and called a uniformed officer.

  5. John Frenaye says:

    Unconfirmed because the witness (pax in Honda) stated that, but they needed to identify and confirm with authorities in NJ which were not available until mid morning today.

  6. robert says:

    It is common knowledge that blacks lack impulse control. It is always best to avoid them.

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