- Pedro Argote, 49, is suspected of shooting Judge Andrew Wilkinson, 52
- The Marland judge was gunned down outside his home on Thursday
- Argote remains at large and the public are warned not to approach him
The man suspected of fatally shooting Maryland judge Andrew Wilkinson has been named as police launch an urgent manhunt.
Pedro Argote, 49, allegedly gunned down the associate circuit judge, 52, in the driveway of his west Maryland home at around 8pm Thursday night.
Argote remains at large, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office warned the public not to approach him and to contact them if they have any information as to his whereabouts.
He is described as 5’7, 130lbs with black hair and brown eyes, and may be driving a silver 2009 Mercedes GL450, displaying Maryland registration plates 4EH0408.
Pedro Argote, 49, was named by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office as the suspect in the grisly shooting
Maryland judge Andrew Wilkinson (pictured), 52, was killed in an apparent shooting at his home Thursday evening
Wilkinson was found in the driveway of his upmarket home in the Maryland city of Hagerstown, and was rushed to hospital but later pronounced dead.
A motive for the shooting has not been officially confirmed.
‘We are a courthouse of six judges,’ Administrative Judge Brett R. Wilson, a colleague, told the New York Times. ‘We all know each other very well.’
Born in Guam in 1971, he previously served as an assistant county attorney in Washington County from 2006 to 2012.
He also served as a member of the State Board of Law Examiners’ Character Committee from 2006 to 2019.
His profile on the court’s website also highlighted his work as a Little League baseball and youth soccer coach, while being active in his local church.
Maryland State Troopers are being dispatched to protect other judges, according to 7News.
The sheriff’s office has not released any further details about Wilkinson’s killing
Wilkinson was hospitalized but later pronounced dead, according to the county sheriff’s office