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State Police Probe Road Rage Incident Involving Veteran Scranton Detective

September 28, 2018

State police are investigating whether a veteran Scranton police officer pointed a gun at a woman during a road rage incident Sunday.

Scranton Police Chief Carl Graziano confirmed the department placed an officer on administrative duty pending the investigation’s outcome. Graziano declined to identify the officer, citing a police union contract provision that forbids identification. Administrative duty means the officer has no interaction with the public.

Multiple sources with knowledge of the investigation identified the officer as Detective Sgt. Tim Harding, a city officer for almost 20 years.

State police spokesman Trooper Bob Urban declined to identify the officer Thursday because police have not charged him.

Urban characterized the incident as a road rage report between two drivers traveling Sunday afternoon on the McDade Expressway in Scranton. One vehicle, driven by a woman, followed another, driven by a man. The encounter ended when the man allegedly flashed a weapon, Urban said.

The woman took down the other vehicle’s license plate number, he said. The plate number belonged to a police officer, he confirmed.

Graziano said the department turned the investigation over to state police because of his officer’s possible involvement.

Investigators have not interviewed the officer or alleged victim, Urban said Thursday morning.

Efforts to reach Harding were unsuccessful Wednesday and Thursday.

Paul Helring, the police union’s president, said he is on vacation this week and only learned of the investigation Wednesday when a reporter called.

Harding, 59, joined the city department Dec. 3, 1998. He served on the Lackawanna County gang task force, supervised the city department’s narcotics division and serves as a deputized federal investigator.

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