Man shot during attempted carjacking outside of Sotomayor's home

 July 10, 2024

A man was shot while trying to carjack the bodyguards of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. 

Around 1:15 a.m. on July 5, 18-year-old Kentrell Flowers approached two U.S. Marshals outside of Sotomayor's condo in northwestern Washington D.C. The deputies fired their guns after Flowers pointed a pistol at one of them.

Flowers received non-life-threatening injuries. No one else was injured in the incident.

Shooting at Sotomayor's home

According to court documents, Flowers exited a silver minivan around 1:17 a.m. and pointed a gun at one of the Marshals through the side window of his unmarked vehicle.

"The Complainant pulled out his department issued firearm and fired approximately four times at Defendant Flowers through the window, striking Flowers in the mouth," the July 5 filing said.

The officer provided first aid to Flowers as the driver of the minivan fled the scene. Flowers was brought to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Flowers was charged with armed carjacking, carrying a pistol without a license, and possession of a large-capacity ammunition feeding device. Police recovered a Smith & Wesson 40VE handgun at the scene.

The minivan was identified in a database of stolen vehicles, and later found abandoned.

D.C.'s crime wave

An initial press release from the police did not mention the connection with Sotomayor.

The Marshals confirmed to the Daily Mail that the deputies were part of the Justice's protective detail.

"The Deputy U.S. Marshals involved in the shooting incident were part of the unit protecting the residences of U.S. Supreme Court justices," a USMS spokeswoman told Daily Mail. "As a general practice, the U.S. Marshals don't discuss specifics of protective details."

The city council member who represents Sotomayor's area, Brianne Nadeau, is facing a recall push over her soft-on-crime agenda, including support for the "defund the police" movement.

The attempted carjacking at Sotomayor's home appears to be the latest random crime to affect a public figure in the nation's capital, which has experienced an uptick in carjackings.

Last November, Secret Service fired their guns at two teenaged suspects who broke into a government vehicle outside the home of Joe Biden's granddaughter Naomi in the wealthy Georgetown neighborhood.

Democratic congressman Henry Cuellar (TX) was carjacked in October. A carjacker murdered a former Trump administration official, Mike Gill, earlier this year.

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