U.S. Marshal Shoots Suspected Car Thief Outside Justice Sotomayor’s Home

U.S. Marshal Shoots Suspected Car Thief Outside Justice Sotomayor’s Home

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A U.S. marshal allegedly shot an 18-year-old suspected carjacker outside Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s home in Washington, DC on Tuesday, according to Washington, DC police, though it’s unclear whether the carjacking or shooting had anything to do with the Supreme Court justice.

Highlights

The attempted carjacking took place around 1:15 p.m. Friday afternoon in the 2100 block of Northwest 11th Street in Washington, D.C., where two deputy marshals were parked in separate vehicles, according to the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.

The alleged suspect approached one of two deputy marshals parked in separate cars, pointing a handgun at his car in what the Metropolitan Police described as an attempted carjacking.

The marshal, who was part of a unit tasked with protecting “the residences of the justices of the Supreme Court of the United States,” ABC News reported, citing a U.S. marshal spokesperson, then shot the suspect, while the second marshal followed suit, firing his gun at the alleged carjacker.

The suspect was identified as 18-year-old Kentrell Flowers, who was taken to a local hospital and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said – neither marshal was injured.

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

The marshal involved is being investigated by the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division, which investigates all shootings involving law enforcement officers in Washington DC, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

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Key context

Sotomayor, 70, was appointed to the Supreme Court in August 2009, the first of two justices nominated by former President Barack Obama to the nation’s highest court (the second was Justice Elena Kagn in 2010). During her 15 years on the court, Sotomayor has been an integral member of the court’s dwindling liberal bloc, which has weakened in recent years, giving Republican-appointed justices a 6-3 majority. Sotomayor has championed women’s rights issues and diversity and inclusion measures during her tenure on the court, dissenting from the court’s 2022 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and dissenting from the court’s 2023 decision to strike down affirmative action, which she said amounted to rolling back “decades of precedent and tremendous progress.” Sotomayor has recently dissented from the court’s decision to overturn Purdue Pharma’s bankruptcy settlement, from its decision to allow cities to punish homeless people for sleeping in public, and from the court’s landmark decision to strike down the Securities and Exchange Commission’s administrative law practice, a move that weakens executive branch agencies. She also dissented from former President Donald Trump’s immunity case, writing that the majority decision “makes a mockery of the fundamental principle of our Constitution and our system of government, that no man is above the law.”