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Maryland circuit court judge killed in driveway of home, police say

A Maryland judge was found apparently shot to death in the driveway of his home Thursday evening and later died, officials said.

Washington County Circuit Court Judge Andrew Wilkinson, 52, was found by deputies responding to a report of a shooting at 8 p.m. at his home in the 19100 block of Olde Waterford Road in Hagerstown, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.

“The victim was suffering from what appeared to be gunshot wounds. He was transported to Meritus Medial Center, where he later succumbed to his injuries,” the sheriff’s office said.

Authorities have not released further details about the cause of the shooting and the investigation is ongoing.

The sheriff’s office said it would hold a news conference on the case, but did not specify a time.

Maryland State Police troopers were deployed Thursday evening “as a precaution” to “protect” judges residing in Washington County, a state police spokesperson told NBC News.

Wilkinson was born in Guam in 1971, graduated from Emory University Law School in 1997 and previously worked as an assistant county attorney. He became an associate judge of the Washington County Circuit Court in January 2020, according to an online profile.

Neil C. Parrott, a former Maryland state delegate, mourned Wilkinson’s death on X, writing: “Horrible news in Washington County this evening. It appears that Judge Andrew Wilkinson was shot multiple times and died.

“Please pray for our police and for Judge Wilkinson’s family at this time,” Parrott wrote.




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