Teen Shot Attempting To Carjack Justice Sotomayor’s Federal Bodyguards

In a dramatic incident early Friday morning, U.S. Marshals shot an 18-year-old who allegedly attempted to carjack federal bodyguards stationed outside Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s home in Northwest Washington, D.C. The incident occurred around 1:15 AM when Kentrell Flowers approached a Deputy U.S. Marshal seated in his car outside Sotomayor’s condominium.

According to reports, Flowers pointed a handgun at the marshal, demanding the vehicle. In response, the marshal fired multiple shots, with another marshal in a separate vehicle also opening fire. Flowers sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital. He has been charged with armed carjacking, carrying a pistol without a license, and possession of a large-capacity ammunition feeding device. Fortunately, no law enforcement officers were injured during the incident.

The U.S. Marshals Service confirmed that the officers involved were part of Sotomayor’s protective detail. This shooting highlights ongoing concerns about the security and safety of federal officials and their residences in Washington, D.C.

This incident is not isolated. In 2022, a man was arrested outside Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home for plotting to kill the Trump-appointed justice due to his stance on abortion. In November 2023, Secret Service agents protecting President Joe Biden’s granddaughter Naomi fired on assailants attempting to break into an unmarked SUV. Additionally, Democrat Congressman Enrique ‘Henry’ Cuellar was carjacked outside an apartment block housing many lawmakers. Earlier this year, former Trump official Mike Gill was tragically killed in a carjacking spree in D.C.

These events underscore the escalating security risks faced by high-profile officials and their families, prompting a reevaluation of current safety protocols.