US police shoot teenager during attempted carjacking at Sotomayor home

A deputy U.S. Supreme Court marshal shot and wounded a Washington, D.C., teenager Friday as he attempted to carjack him near the home of Justice Sonia Sotomayor, court documents show.

The shooting happened at 1:17 a.m. Friday near U Street, DC police said.

Kentrell Flowers, 18, of Southeast Washington was a passenger in a silver Toyota minivan that pulled up next to a parked, unmarked government vehicle and stopped, according to court documents. A marshal was in the vehicle when Flowers exited the rear right passenger door of the van, walked up to the window and pointed a gun through the window in an attempted carjacking, charging documents said.

The marshal drew his service weapon and fired multiple shots, hitting Flowers in the mouth, court documents said. A second deputy marshal arrived in another vehicle and also fired his service weapon, police said.

Another person in the hijacked van fled. The vehicle has not yet been recovered, authorities said.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Marshals Service said the two marshals involved in the shooting were part of the unit assigned to protect the residences of U.S. Supreme Court justices. The marshals were assigned to protect Sotomayor, according to a person familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Flowers was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and remained there until Tuesday. He was charged in U.S. District Court with armed carjacking, carrying a handgun without a license and possession of a large-capacity ammunition feeder. Police said they found a black and silver Smith & Wesson handgun at the scene.

No attorney was listed for Flowers in online court records.

The Daily Mail previously reported details of the shooting.

A Washington, D.C., police spokesman said the department’s internal affairs division is investigating the shooting.

According to the D.C. Police Department, carjackings in the District are down 46 percent. There were 258 carjackings in the first six months of 2023, compared to 482 carjackings in the same period last year.

Aaron Schaffer, Spencer S. Hsu, and Justin Jouvenal contributed to this report.

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