Pennsylvania police say Maine victim made multiple 911 calls, other highway shootings unrelated

Posted Jan. 10, 2014, at 12:48 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 10, 2014, at 3:03 p.m.
Timothy Davison
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Timothy Davison

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania State Police investigating the fatal shooting of a Maine man during an apparent “road rage” incident on Interstate 81 last week said Friday that two similar highway deaths — one involving a police officer in Kentucky — are not related to their case.

Police continue to search for the person who shot and killed Timothy Davison, 28, of Poland at about 2 a.m., Jan. 4 while Davison was traveling home to Maine from Florida.

Davison called police while driving north on I-81, telling them a blue pickup truck was chasing him and an occupant of the vehicle was shooting at him. The driver then allegedly rammed Davison’s SUV into the median, disabling it, before shooting multiple rounds into Davison’s vehicle, striking him several times, Pennsylvania State Police Capt. Steve Junkin said during a press conference Friday.

Police are looking for the public’s help in finding a late-model Ford Ranger XLT with driver’s side damage, the police captain said during the 10 a.m. press conference, livestreamed by Public Opinion.

The first of multiple 911 calls made by Davison occurred near the junction of Interstate 70 in Maryland, located just south of Hagerstown, as the Maine man was heading north on I-81. His disabled vehicle and body were found at around mile marker 3 in Pennsylvania, about 10 miles from where the initial call was made, Junkin said.

“There were calls from the victim to 911 in Pennsylvania and Maryland,” the police captain said. “We believe he was randomly selected.”

Police said the person who killed Davison is still a danger to the public and have created a multi-unit taskforce to search for the killer.

“He murdered an individual for whatever slight he perceived,” Junkin said of the gunman.

The death of Davison is not related to another road rage incident that happened nearby.

“Apparently, seven hours prior to the murder of Timothy Davison, a similar incident occurred … about 56 miles away,” the police captain said.

Investigators have determined that incident and the May roadside murder of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis in Kentucky are not related, Junkin said.

Forensic crime lab analysis of evidence collected at the scene of Davison’s death and the other crimes have been reviewed and “at this point, there is nothing to support the incidents are linked,” he said at the press conference.

Friends in Maine remember Davison as someone who could always be counted on to help anyone in need. His middle name was Austin, and he was known as “Asti” to his friends.

A viewing of Davison will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Wilson Funeral Home, 24 Shaker Road, in Gray. A reception will follow at Cyndi’s Dockside restaurant in Poland.

Pennsylvania authorities believe that someone in the tri-state area, which includes Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, knows who may be responsible for the crime, and are asking the public for help with finding them.

“We’re getting tips from all three states,” Junkin said.

Those with information about anyone with violent tendencies who owns or operates a Ranger-style vehicle are asked to contact the PA Crime Stoppers at 1-800-4PA-TIPS.

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