A circuit court judge was killed last night in Washington County, Maryland. Judge Andrew Wilkinson appears to have been gunned down yesterday evening in his driveway in a quiet neighborhood of Hagerstown, MD.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office announced that deputies responded to reports of a shooting at about 8:00 p.m. at the 19100 block of Olde Waterford Road in Hagerstown.
The 52-year-old judge was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
Judge Wilkinson was discovered lying in the driveway of a residential property.
He was transported to the Meritus Medical Center, but sadly, he succumbed to his injuries during the night.
The cops stated that this is an ongoing investigation and that they are purposefully withholding some details at this time. A press conference is expected later today.
Hagerstown cops have not given a motive for Judge Andrew Wilkinson murder
So far, there have been no arrests, and the police have not named any suspects.Watch the Latest on our YouTube Channel
There are reports that the Maryland State Police have been dispatched to protect other judges. It is currently unclear if a specific threat has been made against judges in the state.
According to the Maryland government website, the 52-year-old judge was born in Guam and studied economics at the University of North Carolina before switching to law at the Emory University School of Law.
Wilkinson was employed as the assistant Washington County attorney from 2006 to 2012 and as an associate judge for the Washington County Circuit Court since January 2020.
He has been a youth soccer and baseball coach and is a member of the St. Ann Catholic Church in Hagerstown.
Tribute paid to murdered Hagerstown judge Andrew Wilkinson
Neil C. Parrott, a former delegate in the Maryland House of Delegates, paid tribute to the deceased judge, calling him “an exceptional judge and was a pillar in our community.” He said Judge Wilkinson “served faithfully” and would be sorely missed.
Parrott added that the murder was catastrophic for Washington County, for Maryland, and for the justice system.
A reporter for WUSA9 said there were unconfirmed reports that the shooting may be connected to a case Wilkinson was currently overseeing. However, the sheriff’s office has not released any details regarding that theory.
It was also reported that the crime scene remained quite quiet throughout the night. A few detectives did examine the area at about 4:00 a.m., but the scene has not been cordoned off.
Anyone with any information about what happened to Judge Andrew Wilkinson should contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at (240) 313-2100.