ANNAPOLIS, MD - A New Jersey police officer has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter for allegedly shooting a Maryland resident to death in what police are calling "an incident of road rage," according to a report.
Joseph Walker, 40, although off-duty during the incident is being held on $1 million bond from the shooting on Saturday night that killed Joseph Harvey jr., 36, said Maryland State police.
Walker is accused of shooting Harvey to death around 8:30 p.m. on a highway in Anne Arundel County with Walker’s wife and three children present, the Washington Post reported .
The report said Harvey, driving a Honda, and Walker, in a Kia minivan, came into contact when Walker was driving on the shoulder of the Maryland Route 3. The two vehicles then pulled over on an exit ramp.
Walker informed Harvey that he was a police officer but Harvey continued to walk toward Walker in "a reportedly aggressive manner," prompting the officer to fire the shots that killed Harvey, the report said.
Harvey was rushed to the Baltimore Washington Medical Center by ambulance and was pronounced dead with three gunshot wounds that night. Walker was taken to the same facility that night for alleged chest pains, reported International Business Times .
Maryland State Police said they are still investigating what led to the confrontation.
Walker, an employee of the Hudson County prosecutor’s office, reportedly lives in Eastampton, New Jersey.
Office spokesman Gene Rubino said of the incident, “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,” according to Reuters reporters .
Walker is scheduled to appear before a court commissioner Monday morning.
Copyright 2013 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Click on the region names in the map below to see news from that region.
Things To Do
INSIDE: Check out our top pick for weekend events around Arizona!
RIGHT NOW: Top Stories
The U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for American Airlines and US Airways to merge into the world's largest airline company.
Tyler Gaffney ran for 133 yards and scored three touchdowns in a dominating first half, leading No. 7 Stanford back to the Rose Bowl with a 38-14 victory over No. 11 Arizona State.
The road to the Rose Bowl traveled through Tempe on Saturday night. PHOTOS INSIDE
Donations to the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign are down 36 percent compared to this time last year, the organization says.
The Cardinals enter Sunday's game against St. Louis on an eight-game losing streak against teams in their division.
We're tracking a quick moving storm system that will bring slight rain chances to the Valley and snow to the high country.