(Gambrills, MD) Maryland State Police have charged the suspect in the I-97 fatal shooting that occurred last night in Anne Arundel County.
Joseph Walker, 40, of the unit block of Cambridge Court in East Ampton, New Jersey, is charged with second degree murder and manslaughter. Walker is being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on a $1,000,000 bond.
The deceased is identified as Joseph Harvey, Junior, 36, of the 2000-block of Smith Avenue in Halethorpe, Maryland. Harvey was pronounced dead last night at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center (BWMC). Harvey was the driver of a green Honda Accord. He had one passenger with him who was not injured in the incident.
Shortly after 8:30 p.m. last night, troopers from the Glen Burnie Barrack responded to a shooting which occurred on the shoulder of the northbound Route 3 to I-97 exit. The shooting resulted from a reported road rage incident that had occurred between the drivers of the two vehicles.
The preliminary investigation indicates the incident may have ensued after Harvey and a passenger, traveling in a green Honda Accord entered on to northbound Route 3 when they came in contact with Walker. Walker was driving a gold Kia minivan. Police believe the incident may have started shortly before 8:30 p.m. last night at Route 3 and Route 175, one mile south of the incident.
After both vehicles came to rest on the I-97 ramp off of Route 3 northbound, Harvey and his passenger exited the Honda Accord. Harvey began walking toward Walker’s minivan, parked about 100-150 feet south of the Honda.
Walker fired a .45 glock in the direction of Harvey, striking him. When police arrived on the scene, emergency medical personnel were providing medical treatment to Harvey. He was transported by ambulance to BWMC where he succumbed to his injuries.
Walker was also transported to BWMC after complaining of chest pains. Walker remained in police custody. Police later confirmed Walker was a sworn officer with the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in New Jersey. He is now awaiting an appearance before the Court Commissioner.
Investigators from the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit continue to interview motorists who may have witnessed the driving behaviors of both vehicles prior to the shooting. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Maryland State Police at the Glen Burnie Barrack at (410) 761-5130.
The investigation continues…