I-81 shooting task force holds news conference

Pennsylvania State Police Capt. Steven Junkin, flanked by Franklin County District Attorney Matthew Fogal and Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey Conner, held a news conference Jan. 10. Junkin presented updates from the I-81 Homicide Task Force, comprised of PSP, Maryland State Police, West Virginia State Police, and FBI agents from the Harrisburg field office. The law enforcement agencies are looking for the murderer of a motorist early Jan. 4. Timothy Davison was forced into the median near exit 3, and shot point blank by a man in what is perceived as a road rage incident.

The Jan. 4 homicide near exit 3 was not related to a similar incident seven hours earlier in York County, investigators have determined. Pennsylvania State Police Captain Steven Junkin made the announcement at a press conference Friday morning on behalf of a multi-jurisdictional task force trying to solve the murder of a motorist in the early morning hours the previous Saturday.

Timothy Davison, 28, was drivng home to Poland, Maine, on I-81 when his sport utility vehicle was rammed and run off the road in Antrim Township at 2 a.m. The driver  approached his disabled vehicle and shot him. He died of multiple gunshot wounds at York Hospital and his death was ruled a homicide.

The prior evening a shooter had fired shots at a man in Carroll Township, York County. In both cases the pursuer was driving a pickup truck and followed the victim for a distance. The trucks were different makes.

Junkin said physical evidence led to “a reasonable amount of certainty” that the incidents were not related.

In addition, on Jan. 9 Kentucky State Police contacted PSP about the May 25 ambush of a police officer in that state, but no link was made between the two cases.

Junkins said the task force believed Davison was randomly selected, and there was no indication he did anything to spark road rage from the assailant. The suspect was believed to have fled south after the shooting.

Death on the highway

Davison phoned 911 authorities in both Maryland and Pennsylvania, Junkin said. The tapes were part of the investigation, and because of their sensitivity, the content was not being released to the public. The task force was also looking at highway camera tapes and following up on tips coming in from West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Junkin would not identify the type of weapon the shooter used.

He asked for help from people in the tri-state area in finding the person responsible for Davison’s death.

“We strongly believe someone will provide a link to solving this horrible and senseless crime.”

The assailant’s vehicle was described as a blue Ford Ranger XLT, but could be another color, since the crime occurred at night. It would have damage. Body shops had been alerted to watch for someone bringing a truck in for repair. Citizens were also asked to be aware if they knew anyone who drove a Ford Ranger, particularly if the driver had a violent nature, and whether the vehicle was still on the road or abandoned.

Motorists who were on I-81 between I-70 and exit 10 the night of Jan. 3 were also asked to call in if they saw anything that could be related to the homicide. People with information could remain anonymous.

Tips should be called in to 1-800-4PA-TIPS (1-800-472-8477).

Junkin hoped no one else would be hurt by the driver, and that the public would be able to provide clues leading to his apprehension.

“We obviously had an individual out there that was so incensed, he murdered Mr. Davison. Will he do it again? We don’t want to take that chance.”