Road rage murder: NJ police officer charged for fatal shooting of Maryland resident

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. 

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