Carjacker Shot by U.S. Marshal Near Sotomayor’s Home: What Really Happened?

Washington, D.C. – A teenager attempting to carjack a deputy U.S. marshal on a Supreme Court protective detail was shot and wounded near the residence of Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The incident took place in the early hours of Friday in the U Street corridor, as reported by D.C. police.

The suspect, Kentrell Flowers, 18, from Southeast Washington, was a passenger in a silver Toyota minivan that pulled up alongside an unmarked government vehicle. Flowers exited the van, approached the marshal’s vehicle, and pointed a handgun through the window in an apparent carjacking attempt. The marshal responded by firing several shots, striking Flowers in the mouth. Another deputy marshal arrived at the scene and also discharged their weapon.

According to authorities, the vehicle that Flowers was in had been carjacked, and the individual in the van fled the scene. Flowers, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries, was taken to a hospital and remained there as of Tuesday. He faces charges in U.S. District Court related to the armed carjacking incident.

The U.S. Marshals Service confirmed that the marshals involved in the shooting were part of the unit assigned to protect the residences of Supreme Court justices. Flowers did not have legal representation listed in online court records.

D.C. police revealed that carjackings in the District have decreased by 46 percent, with 258 incidents reported in the first six months of 2023 compared to 482 during the same period the previous year. The shooting incident is under investigation by the department’s internal affairs division.