Supreme Court Justice’s Bodyguard Shoots Armed Suspect Who Tried to Steal His Car Outside His Washington DC Home

Supreme Court Justice’s Bodyguard Shoots Armed Suspect Who Tried to Steal His Car Outside His Washington DC Home

By Josh Boswell and Peter Semler for Dailymail.Com

14:23 09 Jul 2024, updated 14:31 09 Jul 2024



A teenage suspect was shot dead by US Marshals on Friday after allegedly trying to carjack Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s federal bodyguards outside her home, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.

The Metropolitan Police Department has confirmed it is investigating a shooting that occurred in northwest Washington, D.C., where two marshals were on duty and working “in a protective group” in the early hours of July 5.

A deputy U.S. marshal was sitting in his car outside the Supreme Court’s condominium at 1:15 a.m. when Kentrell Flowers, 18, approached, pointed a handgun at him and attempted to steal his vehicle, according to a police report obtained by DailyMail.com.

Local police issued a press release about the incident last week, but did not mention its connection to Sotomayor.

“The suspect exited a vehicle, approached one of the Marshals and pointed a handgun at him in an apparent carjacking attempt,” a news release from the DC Metropolitan Police Department said.

“The marshal drew his service weapon and fired several shots at the suspect. A second marshal from another vehicle also responded and fired his service weapon.

Deputy U.S. marshals were on duty working as protective guards near Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s home in Washington on Friday when the incident occurred, police said.
A police report obtained by DailyMail.com revealed the location of the incident at the Beauregard Condominiums in Northwest DC where Sotomayor owns a condo.

“The suspect was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. No law enforcement officers were injured.”

Flowers, 18, was arrested and charged with armed carjacking, carrying a firearm without a license and possession of a high-capacity ammunition feeding device.

A police report obtained by DailyMail.com revealed the location of the incident at the Beauregard Condominiums in Northwest DC where Sotomayor owns a condo, and the US Marshals Service (USMS) confirmed to DailyMail.com that the officers involved were part of her protection team.

The report said police recovered the black and silver Smith & Wesson 40VE pistol that Flowers allegedly used in the attempted carjacking.

The Metro PD report named the first marshal as “Deputy U.S. Marshal Black” and did not name the second officer.

“The deputy US Marshals involved in the shooting were part of the unit protecting the residences of the justices of the United States Supreme Court,” a USMS spokeswoman told DailyMail.com.

“Usually, U.S. Marshals do not discuss the details of protective measures.

“The USMS is not releasing the names of personnel involved in the shootings until all investigations are complete.”

A statement of facts filed Friday in D.C. District Court by Deputy U.S. Marshal Tyler Wells said Flowers pulled up at 1:17 a.m. in a silver minivan, got out and pointed his gun through the driver’s side window of the federal officer’s unmarked car parked on 11th Street.

“The plaintiff pulled out his department-issued firearm and fired approximately four times at the defendant Flowers through the window, striking Flowers in the mouth,” the July 5 filing states.

“The complainant rendered first aid to Flowers as the silver van left the scene heading north on 11th Street Northwest.”

The report said police recovered the black and silver Smith & Wesson 40VE pistol that Flowers allegedly used in the attempted carjacking.
Flowers was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries and was arrested and charged with armed carjacking, carrying a firearm without a license and possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device.
Local police issued a press release about the incident last week, but did not mention its connection to Sotomayor.

Marshals found a matching silver 2017 Toyota Sienna minivan in a stolen vehicle database, but have not yet recovered the car or driver.

The shooting is being investigated by the police’s internal affairs division’s investigative team, and the department said the case “will be independently reviewed by the United States Attorney’s Office.”

This is not the first large-scale carjacking attempt in Washington in recent months.

On Nov. 12, 2023, Secret Service agents stationed outside the home of President Joe Biden’s granddaughter Naomi opened fire on two teenagers who were fleeing after allegedly stealing more than $1,000 worth of equipment from a black Ford Expedition “used for members of the first family,” according to court documents.

Robert Kemp, 19, was arrested on February 7. A 14-year-old male accomplice was arrested later that month after another alleged armed carjacking.

A sworn affidavit from a Secret Service agent says the boy was wearing a court-ordered GPS ankle bracelet when Naomi’s car was stolen.

Last October, Congressman Henry Cuellar was carjacked near his Washington, D.C. home by three armed robbers wearing knit caps and ski masks.

Texas Republican Cuellar was unharmed. Law enforcement eventually recovered the car.

His phone and computer were also recovered from his white Toyota crossover, along with his dinner that he had purchased at Whole Foods.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, along with Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, stand in the House of Representatives ahead of U.S. President Joe Biden’s third State of the Union address in March

“What really pissed me off was they took my sushi,” the congressman told CNN at the time.

Washington DC police reported more than 900 carjackings and more than 6,000 stolen vehicles in 2023, a sharp increase from the previous year.

D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau, the member of the D.C. Council for the district where Sotomayor’s condo is located, is facing a recall motion for supporting the “Defund the Police” movement.

A group campaigning for his recall said Nadeau voted for budgets that “cut police funding by $15 million” and “passed legislation to reduce penalties for violent crime, illegal gun crimes and carjackings.”

On its website, the Committee to Recall Brianne Nadeau highlights crime data in Washington, D.C. showing a 100% increase in homicides, a 56% increase in assaults with a dangerous weapon, and a 48% increase in motor vehicle thefts between 2022 and 2023.

Sotomayor bought her 1,146-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo in Washington in 2012 for $660,000. Real estate site Redfin now estimates its value at $861,480.

The New York Times described the neighborhood as “seedy” in a 2013 article about her purchase, but Sotomayor said it reminded her of her roots in New York’s East Village.

“There’s a touch of the East Village in it,” she told the newspaper. “I chose it because it’s mixed. I go out and see all kinds of people, and it’s the environment I grew up in and the environment I love.”