Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Shooting incident involving attempted carjacker outside Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s residence

Deputy US Marshal shoots would-be carjacker near Justice Sotomayor’s home

A Deputy US Marshal shot a would-be carjacker while he was guarding Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s home in Washington DC, authorities said.

The incident occurred when the man approached the car the officer was sitting in and tapped the window with a gun. The deputy fired several times, hitting the suspect in the mouth, while a second deputy also opened fire but did not hit the man, according to police reports.

The suspected carjacker, identified as Kentrell Flowers, 18, is currently being treated in the hospital and faces carjacking and firearms charges. The two deputies involved in the incident have not been publicly identified.

Court documents revealed that Mr. Flowers had emerged from a stolen minivan earlier in the evening and approached the officers’ car. The officers were wearing US Marshals branded polo shirts and T-shirts during the incident.

The teenager has been charged with armed carjacking, carrying a pistol without a license, and possession of a large capacity magazine, which is illegal in Washington DC.

While an investigation into the attempted carjacking is underway, authorities mentioned that there was no indication the suspect knew who he had approached or that he was near Justice Sotomayor’s home. The driver of the minivan fled the scene, with the vehicle later found abandoned.

Vehicle thefts and carjackings have been a serious issue in the US capital, but Metro police figures show a 43% decrease in such incidents this year. Last year, Rep Henry Cuellar, a Democrat from Texas, was carjacked in the Navy Yard area of the city.

Fortunately, Justice Sotomayor was not present at her home when the attempted carjacking occurred in Washington’s wealthy Georgetown area.

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