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U.S. Marshal Shoots Teen During Carjacking Attempt Near Sotomayor Home

U.S. Marshal Shoots Teen During Carjacking Attempt Near Sotomayor Home

A deputy U.S. marshal, part of a Supreme Court protection team, shot and wounded a Washington teenager who tried to carjack him Friday near the home of Justice Sonia Sotomayor, according to authorities and court documents.

The shooting happened at 1:17 a.m. Friday in the U Street corridor, D.C. 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, according to court documents. A police officer was sitting inside the vehicle when Flowers exited the van’s right rear passenger door and approached and pointed a handgun through the window in an apparent carjacking attempt, according to charging documents.

The marshal pulled out his service weapon and fired several 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 van, which had been hijacked, fled the scene and the vehicle has not been found, 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 she was not authorized to speak to the media.

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

Online court records do not list an attorney for Flowers.

Details of the shooting were earlier reported by the Daily Mail.

A Washington DC police spokesperson said the shooting was being investigated by the department’s internal affairs division.

According to DC police, carjackings in the District are down 46%, with 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.