Suspect in Shooting of Maryland Circuit Court Judge Found Deceased; Pedro Argote’s Cause of Death Unconfirmed

OFFICERS WITH THE FREDERICK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

The Washington County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that Pedro Argote, the man suspected of fatally shooting Maryland Circuit Court Judge Andrew Wilkinson outside his Hagerstown home, has been discovered deceased. Police located Argote’s lifeless body on Thursday morning in the Williamsport, Maryland area.

The discovery occurred at approximately 11:00 a.m. during a search operation between Clear Spring Road and Bottom Road, in a wooded area about a mile northwest of where Argote’s vehicle had been located the previous week.

Judge Wilkinson, aged 52, was found shot on his driveway on Olde Waterford Road on the evening of October 19 around 8 p.m. Despite being rushed to Meritus Medical Center, he succumbed to his injuries.

Court records revealed that Wilkinson had presided over Argote’s divorce case, potentially indicating a motive for the attack.

Following the discovery of Argote’s body, the Maryland Judiciary issued a statement expressing appreciation for the efforts of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies involved in the search for the suspect. They also extended their condolences to the Wilkinson family, the Circuit Court for Washington County staff, and the broader Hagerstown and Washington County community.

During a press conference held on Thursday afternoon, Sheriff Brian Albert of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office stated, “The Washington county community can breathe a little easier this afternoon. Murder suspect Pedro Argote was located deceased.” While the cause of Argote’s death has not been officially confirmed, Sheriff Albert mentioned ongoing discussions within the department on how to enhance the protection of judges to prevent violence in the future.

Chris Morris
Author: Chris Morris

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