Joseph Walker was on his way home from Maryland with his wife and three kids. The Walkers live in New Jersey. The Walkers were on Maryland 3 near Millersville, and heading towards Interstate 97. Seven miles away, near Annapolis Rd., they encountered a green Honda Accord that would change their lives forever.
Around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night, Walker and Joesph Harvey Jr., the driver of the green Honda Accord, pulled over to the shoulder on the off-ramp to I-97. Harvey and his passenger then exited their car and walked toward Walker’s minivan. According to My FOX New York, Walker exited the van, and announced he was a police officer. Walker works for the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. According to CBS DC, Maryland State Troopers said a road rage incident had occurred before they pulled over. What followed was a road rage murder.
Authorities believe tensions were still high, as they said Harvey reportedly approached in an “aggressive manner”. According to CBS New York, Maryland State Police Spokeswoman Elena Russo said that’s when things turned deadly. Police said Walker fired at Harvey multiple times. Three gunshot wounds were found on Harvey. According to WBAL Radio 1090 AM, Harvey was still alive at the scene, but later died at a hospital. Reuters said Harvey was taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center. Harvey’s passenger was not hurt.
Walker is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. His bail is set at $1 million.
The cause of the conflict may have been revealed at Walker’s trial Monday. According to My Fox New York, Adam Pidel, Harvey’s passenger, said Walker cut them off, which upset Harvey. Pidel also said that they swerved cars at each other, and Walker was pointing a gun at them. Of course, this is just one side of the story. We all know there are two sides to every story.