HAGERSTOWN, Md. (TCD) — Regulation enforcement officers are looking for a person who they are saying shot and killed a state courtroom decide on the identical day he awarded custody of the couple’s 4 minor youngsters to the suspect’s estranged spouse.
In line with the Washington County Sheriff’s Workplace, on Thursday, October 19 at roughly 8:00 PM, deputies have been known as to the 19100 block of Olde Waterford Street in reference to a capturing. Once they arrived, they discovered an grownup male within the driveway affected by an obvious gunshot wound. Medics took him to Meritus Medical Heart, the place he died from his accidents.
The Sheriff’s Workplace recognized the sufferer as 52-year-old Washington County Circuit Courtroom Choose Andrew Wilkinson.
In an up to date information launch, the Sheriff’s Workplace named the suspect as 49-year-old Pedro Argote. He’s believed to be touring in a 2009 Mercedes GL450.
Sheriff Brian Albert held a information convention Friday, Oct. 20, and stated Wilkinson was presiding over Argote’s divorce proceedings. In line with The Related Press, Argote reportedly failed to indicate up in courtroom Thursday when Wilkinson granted Argote’s spouse sole custody of their youngsters. The kids are 12, 11, 5 and three years previous.
Courtroom data present Argote filed for divorce in June 2022.
Albert stated Argote legally owned the gun used within the capturing. He reportedly has no prison report in Washington County, however police had beforehand responded to 2 verbal and home calls up to now two years.
Albert doesn’t imagine there’s any risk to different native and state judges within the space.
Wilkinson was sworn in as a circuit courtroom decide on January 10, 2020, in accordance with his judicial biography. Beforehand, he labored as an assistant lawyer in Washington County. He attended the College of North Carolina as an undergraduate and Emory College for regulation faculty.
Jason Deloach, president of the Maryland State Bar, stated in a press release that Wilkinson “will probably be remembered for his super contributions to his area people and his relentless pursuit of justice. Marylanders have misplaced a devoted public servant, and we provide our most honest condolences to his household, pals, and colleagues.”
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