Police: I-81 slaying not connected to other shootings

Authorities say they no longer believe a fatal shooting on Interstate 81 in Franklin County is connected to another apparent road rage incident in York County hours earlier.

State police and the Franklin County District Attorney's Office held a news conference Friday to provide updates in the fatal shooting of 28-year-old Timothy Davison.

Authorities said ballistic evidence gathered in the two cases show no connection between Davison's murder and an incident Friday night on North York Road in Monaghan Township, where someone in a black pickup truck reportedly fired several shots at a driver and narrowly missed his head.

Investigators said they also do not think Davison's murder is linked to the unsolved shooting of a Kentucky state trooper in May.

Davison was driving home to Poland, Maine early Saturday when he was shot three miles from the Maryland line in Antrim Township, Franklin County.

Police said he made calls to 911 in Maryland and Pennsylvania to report that a Ford Ranger-style pickup was following him in the northbound lanes and that someone in the truck was firing gunshots.

His silver 2001 Mitsubishi Montero was then rammed out of his control and became disabled in the median, where the unknown shooter got out of his truck and fired several rounds into Davison's SUV.

Davison died at York Hospital from multiple gunshot wounds.

Police said there is absolutely nothing to indicate that Davison did anything to provoke the shooting.

They said they were able to speak with him before he died, but they are not disclosing what he told investigators or 911 operators.

Investigators said they are looking for a dark Ford Ranger XLT with recent damage to the front driver's side, perhaps a silver paint transfer, that was likely driven by a male.

They said they have already received tips from people in Pennsylvania and Maryland, and they believe the pickup was seen by several motorists between Interstate 70 in Maryland and Exit 10 in Pennsylvania early Saturday.

They have also alerted auto body shops in Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia to be on the lookout for dark-colored Ford Rangers needing collision repairs.

Anyone who sees a truck matching the description, or has information about the case, is asked to call the Interstate 81 Homicide Task Force through Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers at 1-800-4PA-TIPS (1-800-472-8477).

Callers may remain anonymous.


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