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Maryland judge killed in ‘targeted attack’ after suspect’s divorce, custody hearing: officials

Maryland authorities said a judge was the victim of “a targeted attack” when he was gunned down outside his home Thursday night.

Law enforcement is looking for Pedro Argote in the killing of Washington County Circuit Court Assistant Judge Andrew Wilkinson. Authorities said there was a hearing earlier on Thursday, during which Wilkinson awarded child custody to a woman in Argote’s divorce.

Argote was not present for that proceeding, they said.

“This was a targeted attack on Judge Wilkinson,” Washington County Sheriff Brian K. Albert said during a Friday morning press conference, adding that Argote, 49, has not been apprehended yet and is considered armed and dangerous. The suspect legally owns a firearm.

An alert said the sheriff’s office does not believe there is an ongoing threat to other judges in the area.

Audrey Conklin is a digital reporter for Fox News Digital and FOX Business. Email tips to or on Twitter at @audpants.


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