Attempted carjacker shot outside Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s home

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Image caption, It is not believed that Justice Sotomayor’s home was intentionally attacked.

  • Author, Tom McArthur
  • Role, BBC news

A deputy US Marshal shot a would-be car thief while guarding the Washington, DC, home of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, authorities said.

The man was shot after he walked up to the car the officer was in and hit the window with a gun.

The officer fired multiple times, hitting the suspect in the mouth. A second officer also opened fire but did not hit the man, police said.

It is not believed that Justice Sotomayor’s home was intentionally attacked.

The suspected carjacker, named in the indictment as Kentrell Flowers, 18, is being treated at the hospital and is facing carjacking and firearms charges. The two officers have not been identified.

Court documents show that Mr. Flowers got out of a silver minivan, which had been stolen earlier that evening, and walked toward the officers’ car.

Court documents show the two officers were wearing polo shirts and T-shirts with the US Marshals logo during the incident.

Image source, Metro Police, DC

Image caption, The firearm believed to have been used in the attempted carjacking was found at the crime scene.

The teenage suspect was charged with armed carjacking, carrying a handgun without a permit and possession of a high capacity magazine. Magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds are illegal in Washington, DC.

The alleged attempted carjacking is currently under investigation, but police said there is no indication the suspect knew who he was approaching or that he was near Judge Sotomayor’s home.

The driver of the van fled after the accident and the van was later found abandoned.

Auto thefts and carjackings were a serious problem in the US capital, but metro police figures show the number of incidents has dropped 43% this year.

And Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Democrat from Texas, was robbed of his car last year in the city’s Navy Yard area.

Mrs. Biden, 30, was not with officers when the attempted robbery took place on the evening of Nov. 12 in the affluent Georgetown neighborhood of Washington.

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