HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The state attorney general’s office will take over the investigation into a shooting at the home of a Harrisburg district judge last week.
Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo said he has referred the case to the state’s top prosecutor for “public confidence reasons.”
Law enforcement sources told ABC27 News that District Judge Sonya McKnight shot her estranged husband, 52-year-old Enoch McKnight, inside her home in the 2700 block of Lexington Street on Friday morning.
Authorities are investigating whether the shooting was in self-defense.
Enoch McKnight was taken to a hospital for a gunshot wound to his lower body. He is expected to survive. He did not live in the home, and his estranged wife had filed a protection from abuse order against him.
Enoch McKnight pleaded guilty last week to domestic violence charges filed in October.
According to a criminal complaint, he confronted the judge outside her home, grabbed her arms, and attempted to pull her from her vehicle. Sonya McKnight accelerated to get away from her estranged husband as they struggled, and her SUV went off the roadway and struck a fire hydrant.