A New Jersey cop faces second-degree murder and manslaughter for allegedly shooting another man in a fit of road rage. The shooting happened on a Maryland highway Saturday (June 8) evening, as the suspect drove with his children and wife in the car.
Joseph Walker is being held on $1,000,000 bond. He is an officer with New Jersey’s Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.
Victim Joseph Harvey Jr. was driving in a green Honda when he cut Walker (and his Kia minivan) off. Walker brandished his weapon while each tried to swerve into the other’s car. They decided to take the intra-lane spat to the side of the road, where Walker told an “aggressive” Harvey and an unidentified male passenger, that he was a police officer. At some point during the exchange, he pulled out a .45 caliber block and shot at the men, hitting Harvey. He was taken to Baltimore’s Washington Medical Center where he died. Walker also went to the hospital, over chest pains.
Walker’s lawyer attests that her client shot Harvey to protect his family. “The family was victimized,” Patrick McAndrew said during a hearing Monday (June 10). “Mr. Harvey threatened to kill his family.”
The family is working with the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Asociation to come up with the bond amount.
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