Joseph Walker, a police officer in New Jersey, has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter for allegedly shooting a man and killing him in an incident that police are describing as "road rage murder". Walker was in his minivan with his wife and three small children when he allegedly pulled out a Glock .45-caliber handgun and shot Joseph Harvey after some sort of confrontation that happened just south of Baltimore. Details on what exactly took place are still fairly scant, but it's being reported that shortly after some sort of confrontation between the two men, Harvey and his passenger got out of the car and started walking toward Walker and his family -- and that's when Walker allegedly shot him.
Anyone who's ever driven knows the feeling of wanting to scream (or punch) someone when they're on the road, but it's never, ever worth it. If Walker is convicted, his life is ruined. For what? Some stupid argument about driving?
Like I said, details of what exactly happened are still sparse, so who knows? Maybe Harvey started the argument and Walker was simply trying to protect his family? But still. Why stay and get involved in a stupid altercation over driving? It's never worth it. I don't know who was "right" or "wrong" in this argument, but I do know that Joseph Walker's wife and three kids watched him allegedly shoot and kill another person. I can't think of anything that's worth doing that over. Drive away.
Thankfully, the children are all safe, but a man is now dead over something that may have been really trivial and avoidable. And another man's family is forever changed -- they're either going to be forced to live without their husband and father for a long, long time; or they're going to carry the burden of having to live with the image of watching him allegedly shoot and kill another human being. It's a lose-lose any way you look at it.
Have you ever experienced road rage?