A teenage carjacking suspect was shot by US Marshals last Friday after reportedly attempting to carjack the federal bodyguards of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor outside her home. The details were revealed by DailyMail.com.

 

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The Metropolitan Police Department has confirmed that an investigation is underway following a shooting that took place in Northwest Washington, DC. Two marshals, who were on duty as part of a protective detail for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, were involved in this incident that occurred in the early morning hours of July 5.

 

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According to the police report publicly available on the Metropolitan Police Department’s website, an 18-year-old named Kentrell Flowers approached a Deputy US Marshal who was sitting in his car outside Justice Sotomayor’s condominium at around 1:15 am. Flowers allegedly pointed a handgun at him in an attempt to steal the vehicle.

 

The DC Metropolitan Police Department issued a press release discussing the incident but did not initially mention its connection to Justice Sotomayor. The release stated that the suspect exited a vehicle and approached one of the marshals, brandishing a handgun with the apparent intent to carjack him. In response, the marshal drew his service weapon and fired multiple shots. Another marshal from a different vehicle also responded by firing their service weapon.

 

The suspect, Flowers, was shot but sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Fortunately, no law enforcement officers were harmed during the altercation.

 

Flowers has since been arrested and charged with armed carjacking, carrying a pistol without a license, and possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device.

 

Investigations revealed that the incident took place at the Beauregard Condominiums in North West DC, where Justice Sotomayor owns a condo. The US Marshals Service (USMS) confirmed that the officers involved in the shooting were part of her protection team.

 

During the investigation, the police recovered the black and silver Smith & Wesson 40VE handgun Flowers allegedly used for the attempted carjacking.

 

While the first marshal involved was named as ‘Deputy US Marshal Black’ in the Metro PD report, the second officer’s identity was not disclosed. The USMS spokeswoman explained that it is standard practice for them not to discuss specifics of protective details or disclose the names of personnel involved in shooting incidents until investigations are complete.

 

Details from the statement of facts filed in the DC district court revealed that Flowers arrived in a silver minivan at 1:17 am. He approached the federal officer’s parked, unmarked car on 11th Street, pointing his gun through the driver’s side window. At that point, the officer, identified as the complainant, discharged his firearm, firing approximately four shots and striking Flowers in the mouth. The complainant provided immediate first aid to Flowers while the silver van fled the scene, heading northbound on 11th Street Northwest.

 

Although a matching silver 2017 Toyota Sienna minivan was found in a database of stolen vehicles, law enforcement authorities have not yet located the car or the driver involved in the incident.

 

The shooting is currently under investigation by the PD’s Internal Affairs Division Force Investigations Team. The department stated that the case will be independently reviewed by the United States Attorney’s Office.

 

The spike in carjackings and stolen vehicles has become a major concern for DC police, with more than 900 carjackings and over 6,000 stolen vehicles reported in 2023, marking a significant increase compared to the previous year.

 


Read the full Metropolitan Police Department’s press release below:

 

Friday, July 5, 2024

Agents from the Force Investigations Team of the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Internal Affairs Bureau are investigating a United States Marshals involved shooting that occurred early Friday in Northwest.

On Friday, July 5, 2024, at approximately 1:15 a.m., Deputy United States Marshals were parked in the 2100 block of 11th Street, Northwest in separate vehicles. The suspect exited a vehicle, approached one of the Marshals, and pointed a handgun at him in an apparent attempt to carjack him. 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. The suspect was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. No law enforcement officers were injured

18-year-old Kentrell Flowers, of Southeast, was arrested and charged with Armed CarjackingCarrying a Pistol without a License, and Possession of a Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device.

A firearm was recovered on scene and is pictured below:

The officer involved shooting incident remains under investigation by the Metropolitan Police Department Internal Affairs Division’s Force Investigations Team, which investigates all law enforcement officer involved shootings in the District of Columbia. The facts and evidence in the case will be independently reviewed by the United States Attorney’s Office.

The carjacking offense remains under investigation by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by sending a text message to 50411.