Task force probes fatal shooting on I-81

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot

Numerous law enforcement agencies are investigating a homicide which occurred on I-81near mile marker 3 on Jan. 4.

Timothy Davison, 28, was driving home to Poland, Maine after visiting family in Florida, according to published reports. At around 2 a.m he first called 911 in Maryland to report that someone was pursuing him in a small blue Ford Ranger. The driver was firing a weapon at him. After he crossed the Pennsylvania line, he called 911 again to state police.

The truck rammed Davison’s 2001 Mitsubishi Montero sport utility vehicle into the median in Antrim Township, disabling it. The gunman approached and shot him several times. He later died at York Hospital.

Part of the interstate was closed for eight hours as police investigated the murder.

A multi-jurisdictional task force, comprised of Pennsylvania State Police, Maryland State Police, Carroll Township Police Department (York County) and the FBI have formed to find the person responsible for the homicide. A similar incident occurred in York County on Jan. 3,  in which the driver of a black Nissan pickup truck fired at a man in a Dodge pickup truck. That victim had also been followed, but was not injured from the bullets that entered his cab.

The agencies are treating the incidents as related until evidence proves otherwise. Pennsylvania State Police said the acts committed against Davison were random only until the assailant made contact.

“Beyond that, they were very deliberate, calculated and violent,” the press release stated. “With that said, the potential for additional incidents of similar nature is anticipated due to the violent nature of this incident.”

Police think someone in the tri-state area could know who is responsible. If anyone knows someone with violent tendencies that owns or operates a Ford Ranger style vehicle with damage, they should contact PA Crime Stoppers at 1-800-4PA-TIPS (800-472-8477). Anyone who was on I-81 between 1:30 and 2:15 a.m. Jan. 4 near the Maryland and Pennsylvania line should contact police if they observed anything they believe is connected to the investigation.