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U.S. Marshals Fire On Armed Suspect Near Supreme Court Justice’s Home

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Two U.S. Marshals opened fire on an alleged carjacking suspect who was armed near the home of a U.S. Supreme Court justice late last week, according to reports.

According to officials, the incident took place near the home of Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The suspect was hospitalized, The Hill reported.

During an attempted carjacking, a suspect approached the driver-side door and pointed a firearm at the window. According to the documents, a marshal responded by firing approximately four shots, hitting the suspect in the mouth. The suspect was subsequently transported to the hospital for treatment and has been placed under arrest.

It’s not clear that the marshals were assigned to protect Sotomayor, but the address of the incident matches her residential block in Northwest Washington, D.C.

“The Deputy U.S. Marshals involved in the shooting incident were part of the unit protecting the residences of U.S. Supreme Court justices. As a general practice, the U.S. Marshals don’t discuss specifics of protective details,” Abigail Meyer, a spokesperson for the U.S. Marshals Service, said in a statement.

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The police explicitly labeled the incident as a “U.S. Marshals-involved shooting” in a press release issued on Friday. However, it was the Daily Mail that first made the connection to Sotomayor’s protective detail.

The suspect, identified as Kentrell Flowers, was not available for comment. Authorities also allege that the Toyota Sienna minivan Flowers used during the incident had been carjacked.

So far this year, the Metropolitan Police Department has made over 75 carjacking arrests, according to police data. The recent incident near Justice Sotomayor’s residence echoes a similar event months earlier when Representative Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) was carjacked while parking outside his apartment in Washington, D.C., The Hill reported.

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While there is no indication that Flowers specifically targeted the security detail of Justice Sotomayor—who were in an unmarked government vehicle—the incident has underscored the ongoing concerns about the safety of Supreme Court justices.

This has been a growing issue for both the court and lawmakers, especially following heightened tensions after the court decided to overturn Roe v. Wade in 2022.

Earlier this month, the nation’s highest court granted presidents full immunity for official acts while also ruling they had no immunity from prosecution for unofficial acts. The ruling came in response to a case involving former President Donald Trump, who argued that his prosecution in Washington for actions taken during and after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol Building were official.

After the ruling, Trump’s attorneys filed a motion to have his classified documents prosecution paused as well.

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Bloomberg reported that the attorneys filed the motion on Friday, requesting that U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon set a schedule for them to argue about the significance of the Supreme Court decision.

The proposed schedule would set the arguments for September. It would pause the majority of the case until the judge decides on immunity and a constitutional challenge to the appointment of Special Counsel Jack Smith.

“Resolution of these threshold questions is necessary to minimize the adverse consequences to the institution of the Presidency arising from this unconstitutional investigation and prosecution,” the attorneys said.

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