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New Jersey police officer shoots man dead during fit of road rage

By Mason White 3:23 AM June 19, 2013
Joseph Walker 

By: David Ross
(Scroll down for video) A man, who is also a police officer, was arrested and charged with murder related charges after shooting a man dead during a road rage incident, according to police reports in Maryland.

The New Jersey police officer is being held in jail on $1 million bail after he allegedly shot and killed the man in an apparent act of road rage while traveling with his family to Maryland.

Police said that 40-year-old Joseph Walker, a sworn officer with the Office of the Prosecutor of Hudson County in New Jersey, shot and killed 36-year-old Joseph Harvey Jr. after an altercation on the shoulder of a highway road on Saturday night.

Maryland officials said that they were told that an incident of road rage had happened between the two vehicles before they pulled over. Harvey was a passenger in his car at the time and Walker’s wife and three children were in his truck.

Authorities said that the two cars pulled over on one side of the interstate after the alleged road rage incident, and Harvey and his passenger allegedly left their vehicle and approached Walker.

Walker then allegedly got out of his car, drew his gun and announced he was a police officer. Harvey kept coming towards Walker supposedly in an aggressive manner, and Walker shot Harvey, fatally wounding him.

Walker was charged Sunday with second-degree murder and manslaughter, and remains in a Maryland jail on $1 million bail.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view