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Joseph Harvey Jr. killed in I-97 road rage incident

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A New Jersey man has been charged with murder and manslaughter after allegedly shooting and killing an Anne Arundel County man Saturday night in a violent road rage incident.

Joseph Walker (Photo: Maryland State Police)

Maryland State Police officials have charged 40-year-old Joseph Walker with second-degree murder and manslaughter in connection with the shooting, which killed Joseph Harvey, Jr., a 36-year-old Halethorpe resident.

Walker, an Eastampton Township, N.J. resident, is being held at an Anne Arundel County jail on $1 million bond. He is an officer with the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office in New Jersey.

The shooting happened at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday on I-97 near the Route 3 interchange near Millersville. The incident began, though, when police say Walker cut Harvey off while trying to turn onto Route 3.

Harvey then drove onto the shoulder to try and avoid a collision, then nearly hit Walker's car while continuing to drive on the side of the road, according to a police report.

Authorities say that the two drivers then tried to intentionally swerve into each other, at which point Harvey's passenger told police that Walker pulled out a gun and pointed it at them.

A short time later, both Walker and Harvey pulled over and both got out of their cars. Walker got out of his minivan and yelled that he was a police officer. At that point, police say Harvey approached the suspect in what they call an "aggressive manner."

That's when officials say Walker pulled out a gun and shot Harvey in the leg. His passenger was not injured. Harvey was taken to the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, where he later died.

After the shooting, Walker was taken to the same hospital complaining of chest pains.

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