40-year-old Officer Joseph Walker has been charged with two felony counts in connection with the shooting death of 36-year-old Joseph Harvey Jr, the Washington Post reported.
In what authorities say was an act of road rage, Officer Walker, who was taking time off with his wife and children, shot Harvey dead during their road trip through Maryland.
Walker claims the incident was an act of defense.
The complete details are not being released, but Saturday night at around 8:30PM, Walker stopped his Kia minivan at an off ramp after the car made contact with Harvey’s Honda. With Walker’s minivan roughly one hundred feet behind Harvey’s, both men stepped out of their cars and Harvey began approaching Officer Walker’s automobile.
It was at that time that Officer Walker identified himself as a law enforcement officer, but Harvey continued approaching him undeterred and aggressively. Walker then drew out his hand gun and fired a single shot into Harvey. There is no account of a warning shot being fired. Harvey was struck and fell to the ground. He died at Baltimore Washington Medical Center.
The Post Described the scene:
After driving a Honda with one passenger inside onto Route 3 shortly before the shooting, police said, the victim “came into contact” with the officer, who was driving a Kia minivan. The contact was not described.
Harvey’s car stopped on the shoulder of the off-ramp and Harvey “began walking toward” the officer, who had parked about 100 to 150 feet behind, police said. One state police account said Harvey and his passenger both got out of the Honda but that only Harvey walked toward the minivan
Hudson County prosecutor’s office spokesman Gene Rubino said the office is aware of the incident involving one of its detectives. “We are aware of the fatal shooting incident involving one of our detectives, who was off-duty and traveling in Maryland with his wife and children.”
Walker has been charged with manslaughter and second degree murder and is being held on a million dollar bail.
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