Justice Sotomayor’s Bodyguards Shoot D.C. Teenager After Carjacking Attempt Outside Her Home

Carjackings have been a major issue in the nation’s capital, with police data indicating that 2024 has so far seen 258 carjackings, with 71 percent involving guns.

AP/Jeff Roberson, file
Justice Sonia Sotomayor on April 5, 2022, at Washington University at St. Louis. AP/Jeff Roberson, file

Police are investigating after two deputy U.S. Marshals who were guarding Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s home fired several shots at an 18-year-old who is charged with an attempted carjacking. 

The marshals were reportedly parked outside of the justice’s northwest D.C. home at 1:15 a.m. on Friday when the suspect, Kentrell Flowers, approached one of them with a gun and attempted to steal his car. 

The marshal fired “several shots at the suspect,” authorities said, and the second marshal also fired his weapon at him. The suspect was then transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, police said, adding that the marshals were not injured. The suspect is charged with armed carjacking, carrying a pistol without a license, and possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device.

A D.C. police tracker indicates that in 2024 there have been 258 carjackings, with 71 percent involving guns. Several recent incidents have sparked national attention, including a 2023 break-in of a Secret Service car outside of a house in Georgetown of President Biden’s eldest granddaughter, Naomi Biden. 

Justice Sotomayor, a President Obama appointee, has faced criticism from gun rights advocates over the years, and has taken a harder stance towards guns than some of her fellow justices. In a Supreme Court ruling in June overturning a ban on bump stocks, Justice Sotomayor said the decision puts “bump stocks back in civilian hands” and that it would have “deadly consequences.” 
Yet, notably, she authored a recent Supreme Court opinion siding with the National Rifle Association as it sought to revive a First Amendment lawsuit against financial regulators that attempted to bankrupt the organization because of its pro-gun views.

The New York Sun

© 2024 The New York Sun Company, LLC. All rights reserved.

Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The material on this site is protected by copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used.

The New York Sun

Sign in or  Create a free account

By continuing you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use