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Carjacking Takes A Turn

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Carjacking Takes A Turn

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Deputy U.S. marshal shoots 18-year-old during carjacking attempt near Justice Sotomayor’s home. Carjacker, Kentrell Flowers, faces armed carjacking charges after being shot by the marshal. Marshal under investigation; incident reflects rising carjacking concerns in D.C. Supreme Court justices’ security heightened amid controversial rulings.

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Welcome to Wednesday and to this Current2 Deeper Dive! My name’s Jake and today we will be diving into a shooting last week involving a U.S deputy marshal, a teenager, and a Supreme Court justice.

According to law enforcement officials, a deputy U.S. marshal shot an 18-year-old who was attempting to carjack him while on duty near Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s house in D.C.. Police documents show the incident took place after 1 a.m. on July 5th. According to officials, the carjacking attempt appears to be random, not targeting either Sotomayor or her security detail.

Kentrell Flowers, the alleged carjacker, was treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries and is now facing charges of armed carjacking. Flowers allegedly approached the deputy marshal in the street near Sotomayor’s house with a handgun, causing the marshal to draw his own service weapon and shoot approximately four shots at Flowers. Talk about a bad choice… Flowers was driving a Toyota Sienna minivan when he approached the marshal, which authorities have confirmed was also carjacked.

The marshal involved in the shooting is now under investigation by the Metropolitan Police Department Internal Affairs Division’s Force Investigations Team, which is in charge of investigating law enforcement officers involved in shootings in D.C.

Over 250 carjacking incidents have taken place in D.C. this year, leading to over 75 arrests, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. In a similar event last year, Secret Service agents protecting President Joe Biden’s granddaughter experienced an attempted carjacking in D.C.

Following increasingly controversial Supreme Court decisions, the security of the justices has become a serious concern both within the court and among lawmakers. Following the release of a draft majority opinion showing the court was preparing to overturn Roe v. Wade, a man was charged for attempted murder on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh after he showed up outside the justice’s house with a firearm.

Thank you for listening to this Current2 Deeper Dive! We will be back with another one tomorrow, so stay tuned and stay informed.

Sources:

Deputy U.S. marshal shot teenager trying to carjack him outside Supreme Court justice’s house (CNN)
U.S. Marshal involved in shooting near Sotomayor’s D.C. home (The Hill)
Marshal guarding Supreme Court justice’s home shoots 18-year-old who tried to carjack him (ABC)

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