Armed suspect shot outside SCOTUS justice's home

ByLuke Barr and Emily Shapiro ABCNews logo
Wednesday, July 10, 2024

A deputy U.S. Marshal allegedly shot an 18-year-old who tried to carjack him while he was on guard outside a Supreme Court justice's home in Washington, D.C., according to officials.

The shooting unfolded outside of the apartment where Justice Sonia Sotomayor lives, according to public records.

Two deputy Marshals were parked in separate cars when, at about 1:15 a.m. Friday, the suspect approached one of the Marshals and pointed a handgun at him in an apparent carjacking attempt, according to D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department.

Both Marshals fired their service weapons, police said. The suspect, 18-year-old Kentrell Flowers, was shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

"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 U.S. Marshals spokesperson said. "As a general practice, the U.S. Marshals don't discuss specifics of protective details."

The carjacking attempt appears to be random.

Flowers was arrested and charged with armed carjacking, carrying a pistol without a license and possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device, according to police.

"The officer involved shooting incident remains under investigation by the Metropolitan Police Department Internal Affairs Division's Force Investigations Team, which investigates all law enforcement officer involved shootings in the District of Columbia," the police department said Tuesday.

Last year, Secret Service agents protecting President Joe Biden's granddaughter, Naomi Biden, were also victims of an attempted carjacking outside of a D.C. home.

Violent crime is down 30% in D.C. this year compared to last year, according to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. Homicides have decreased by 27% and motor vehicle theft dropped by 33%.

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