Marshals Protecting Sotomayor Shoot Teen After Attempted Carjacking in Washington – NBC4 Washington

Marshals Protecting Sotomayor Shoot Teen After Attempted Carjacking in Washington – NBC4 Washington

U.S. security officers from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s security detail in Washington shot and wounded an 18-year-old early Friday after the teen tried to carjack a security guard’s car, authorities said.

The Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department gave an account of what happened around 1:15 a.m. Friday in Northwest. The officers were part of Sotomayor’s security detail, law enforcement sources told News4 on Tuesday.

The marshals were parked in separate vehicles when Kentrell Flowers, 18, of Southeast, exited a vehicle, approached a marshal and pointed a handgun at him “in an apparent attempt to carjack him,” police said in a statement.

The marshal pulled out his weapon and fired several shots. A second marshal got out of another vehicle and also opened fire.

Flowers was taken to hospital with injuries that police described as non-life threatening. The officers were not injured.

The U.S. Marshals Service confirmed to NBC News that the marshals involved in the shooting were part of the unit protecting the homes of Supreme Court justices.

The suspect was charged with armed carjacking, carrying a firearm without a license and possession of a high-capacity ammunition feeding device. Information about his attorney did not immediately appear in online D.C. court records.

An MPD investigation is ongoing. Anyone with potentially relevant information is asked to contact police.

Washington, D.C., has seen a significant drop in carjackings, down 46 percent this year so far compared to the same period last year. U.S. Attorney for D.C. Matthew Graves held a press conference Monday on the progress authorities have made.

Stay with NBC Washington for more details on this developing story.