Sources: Harrisburg district judge shot estranged husband


HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A magisterial district judge shot and wounded her estranged husband in her Harrisburg home, law enforcement sources told ABC27 News.

Authorities are investigating whether the shooting was in self-defense.

Investigators say District Judge Sonya McKnight shot 52-year-old Enoch McKnight inside her home in the 2700 block of Lexington Street around 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Enoch McKnight went to the hospital for a gunshot wound to his lower body. A medical condition was not available. He is expected to survive.

ABC27 News has learned Enoch McKnight did not live in the home, and Sonya McKnight had filed a protection from abuse order against him.

Enoch McKnight pleaded guilty this week to domestic violence charges filed in October.

According to the 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.

The judge’s office was open Friday, but ABC27 was told she wasn’t available.

A spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which oversees district judges, said the shooting is a police matter. Harrisburg police would not talk about the case on camera.

No charges have been filed.

Harrisburg Police and the Dauphin County District Attorney continue to investigate.

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