Judge Shot Dead in His Driveway

(TargetDailyNews.com) – Law enforcement officials in Maryland have upped the stakes in their pursuit of a fugitive whom they allege assassinated a judge in his driveway just as he was arriving at home. U.S. Marshals are now involved in the pursuit of Pedro Argote and the federal agency is offering $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to his arrest.

Officials have not indicated if Argote laid in wait outside the judge’s home for an extended period or if he followed the judicial official from the court, but they have confirmed that the suspect allegedly approached and shot Judge Andrew Wilkinson, 52, as he exited his car after driving up to his home. Wilkinson lay wounded in his driveway while both his son and wife were waiting for him inside.

The judge died shortly thereafter at around 8 p.m. According to authorities, Argote had already fled by the time first responders arrived on the scene. Earlier that same day, Wilkinson awarded the suspect’s now-estranged wife what is known as a “partial judgment” concerning her “absolute divorce” from Argote.

Part of the judge’s ruling granted her custody of the ex-couple’s four children. Authorities said the 49-year-old suspect skipped the hearing in question, though it is not known what he did in the hours preceding Judge Wilkinson’s murder. Following the shooting, Sheriff Brian Albert told reporters that the weapon Argote had allegedly used appeared to have been acquired legally.

At a press conference, Albert also said the public should still consider the suspect to be both armed and more than capable of engaging in further brutality. Barring the allegation of murder against him, Argote has no known history of violence. Legal records do show two law enforcement visits to his residence since 2021, but both instances were due to “verbal” altercations between him and his then-wife.

On October 22nd, authorities in the Williamsport area announced that they believed Argote had fled elsewhere.

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