The road rage murder with a .45 Glock pistol by 40-year-old police officer Joseph Walker is prompting Maryland State Police to ask the public for help. Joseph Walker is a father of three children under the age of seven and family members, neighbors, and authorities are puzzled as to what might have led to the road rage murder that ended with 36-year-old Joseph Harvey Jr. of Halethorpe, Md., dead and 40-year-old Joseph Walker charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter, reported the Burlington County Times on June 9, 2013.
Saturday night’s road rage murder is in sharp contrast to the man who is known by everyone as a great family man and an excellent neighbor. Officer Joseph Walker’s neighbors describe him as a man who can be frequently seen mowing his lawn, pruning his shrubs, and socializing at neighborhood events. He is also known as a “great father” to his three young children and a dedicated husband.
Shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night, Joseph Walker who lives in Eastampton in New Jersey and works for the Hudson County New Jersey prosecutor’s office was driving with his wife and three children under the age of seven in a gold Kia minivan on Interstate 97 in Anne Arundel County, Md., when the road rage incident began.
According to a preliminary investigation which is called a “a road rage episode” by Maryland State Police, a green Honda Accord carrying 36-year-old Joseph Harvey Jr. and one other passenger entered northbound Route 3 and came in contact with Joseph Walker.
“Harvey was driving a green Honda Accord with one passenger, and Walker was driving a gold Kia minivan with his wife and three children, police said.”
“After both vehicles came to rest on the I-97 ramp off Route 3 northbound, Harvey and his passenger exited the Honda Accord, Maryland State Police said. Harvey began walking toward Walker’s minivan, parked about 100 to 150 feet south of the Honda, Maryland State Police said. Walker fired a .45 Glock pistol in the direction of Harvey, striking him. Harvey succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.”
No one else was injured during the road rage murder. However, Joseph Walker was taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center after he complained of chest pain. It was the same hospital where Joseph Harvey Jr. had been pronounced dead.
Joseph Walker is being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on $1 million bond. He is scheduled to appear before a court commissioner on Monday morning.
The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit is continuing to interview motorists who may have witnessed the road rage murder and the driving behaviors of both vehicles before the shooting.
“Anyone with information is urged to contact the Maryland State Police at the Glen Burnie Barracks at 410-761-5130.”