Marshal guarding the home of a Supreme Court judge shoots an 18-year-old who tried to steal his car

A U.S. marshal’s deputy allegedly shot and killed an 18-year-old who tried to steal his car while he was on guard duty outside the home of a Washington Supreme Court justice, officials say.

The shooting took place outside Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s apartment, public records show.

Two deputy marshals were sitting in separate cars around 1:15 a.m. Friday when the suspect approached one of them and pointed a gun at him in an apparent attempt to steal the car, according to the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department.

Weapon recovered from scene of alleged attempted car theft.

Metropolitan Police Department

Both marshals fired their service weapons, police said. The suspect, 18-year-old Kentrell Flowers, was shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

“The deputy U.S. marshals involved in the shooting incident were part of a unit protecting the residences of U.S. Supreme Court justices,” a U.S. Marshals spokesman said. “As is general practice, U.S. Marshals does not discuss specifics of protection.”

The attempted car theft appears to be random.

According to police, Flowers was arrested and charged with armed carjacking, possession of an unlicensed pistol and possession of a large-capacity ammunition feeding device.

“The officer-involved shooting incident remains under investigation by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division Investigative Team, which investigates all law enforcement officer-involved shootings in the District of Columbia,” the police department said Tuesday.

Last year, Secret Service agents protecting President Joe Biden’s granddaughter, Naomi Biden, were also victims of an attempted carjacking outside a home in the District of Columbia.

According to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, violent crime is down 30% in D.C. this year compared to last year. Homicides are down 27% and motor vehicle thefts are down 33%.