In a tragic incident that unfolded on Thursday night, Maryland Judge Andrew Wilkinson met a fatal end, succumbing to gunshot wounds in the driveway of his Hagerstown residence after his body was discovered around 8 p.m.
First responders swiftly rushed Wilkinson to Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, but despite their best efforts, the judge later succumbed to his injuries. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) swiftly responded to the scene, and their investigation is now underway to determine the circumstances surrounding this shocking act of violence.
Former Maryland State Delegate Neil Parrott expressed his grief, saying, “Horrible news in Washington County tonight. It appears that Judge Andrew Wilkinson was shot multiple times and has passed away. Police are actively searching for the murderer. Please pray for our police and for Judge Wilkinson’s family at this time.”
Horrible news in Washington County tonight. It appears that Judge Andrew Wilkinson was shot multiple times and has passed away. Police are actively searching for the murderer. Please pray for our police and for Judge Wilkinson's family at this time. https://t.co/aUbdagfkd0
— Neil Parrott (R-MD) (@neilparrott) October 20, 2023
Parrott’s heartfelt plea for prayers resonated with the sentiment of many in the area who were deeply saddened by this shocking and untimely loss. The Maryland State Police (MSP) also sprang into action, dispatching officers across the state to ensure the safety of other judges in the wake of this tragic event.
A press conference is scheduled for Friday, indicating the seriousness and urgency of the ongoing investigation, as announced by the sheriff’s office. However, there have been reports that this could be a targeted attack following a custody hearing.
Andrew Wilkinson was a respected figure within the judicial system, having served as an Associate Judge of the Washington County Circuit Court, 4th Judicial Circuit, since January 10, 2020. Additionally, he was a former youth soccer coach, assistant baseball coach, and an active member of the St. Ann Catholic Church.
As the investigation into this heart-wrenching incident unfolds, the community continues to mourn the loss of a dedicated public servant and beloved community member.