US Marshal Protecting Supreme Court Justice Shoots Alleged Carjacker in DC

The incident comes as more than 75 carjacking arrests have been made in Washington this year.
US Marshal Protecting Supreme Court Justice Shoots Alleged Carjacker in DC
(L–R) Supreme Court Justices Amy Coney Barrett, Neil M. Gorsuch, Sonia Sotomayor, and Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justices Ketanji Brown Jackson, Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Elena Kagan, and Brett M. Kavanaugh in Washington on Sept. 30, 2022. (Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States via Getty Images)
Jack Phillips

A U.S. Marshal who was on a Supreme Court justice’s security detail shot an attempted carjacker last week, according to a charging document that was recently unsealed in a federal court.

On July 5 at around 1 a.m. Washington time, two U.S. Marshals who were wearing the federal agency’s clothing were sitting in an unmarked government vehicle, when a silver Toyota minivan stopped next to their vehicle. An individual later identified as Kentrell Flowers allegedly emerged from the Toyota van, approached the government vehicle, and pointed a gun directly at one of the marshals, who wasn’t identified.

According to the document, the marshal pulled out his firearm and fired several times at Mr. Flowers through the window, striking him “in the mouth” before he provided first aid to the suspect. The silver Toyota minivan then fled the scene and traveled northbound.

A second U.S. Marshal from a separate vehicle also opened fire in the incident, Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement. No law enforcement officers were injured in the shooting, the department said.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Marshals confirmed to The Epoch Times that the officers involved in the shooting “were part of the unit protecting the residences of U.S. Supreme Court justices.”

As to which justice, the spokesperson added, “As a general practice, the U.S. Marshals don’t discuss specifics of protective details.”

After Mr. Flowers was taken to the hospital, he was treated and placed under arrest, according to the charging documents. He will face attempted carjacking and resisting officers charges.

The shooting occurred in the area outside the building where Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor lives, according to public records. The charging document didn’t make reference to the justice or the high court, and there is no indication that Justice Sotomayor was being targeted.

The Metropolitan Police Department has made 77 carjacking arrests in 2024, according to data provided by the police department. So far, there have been about 260 carjacking offenses reported in the city.

In late 2023, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) was carjacked at gunpoint while parking his vehicle near his Washington apartment, both he and officials have said. The lawmaker, whose district spans a swath of the U.S.-Mexico border area in Texas, told news outlets at the time that the assailants “came out of nowhere, and they pointed guns at me.”

“I looked at one with a gun, another with a gun, and I felt one behind me,” he said. “They said they wanted my car, and I said, ‘Sure.’ You got to keep calm under those situations, and they took off.”

In 2023, a U.S. Secret Service agent shot at two individuals who broke into a vehicle that was assigned to the security detail protecting Naomi Biden, who is the granddaughter of President Joe Biden.

Ms. Biden wasn’t in the vehicle when the incident occurred in November 2023 in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, officials said.

In February 2023, Rep. Angie Craig (D-Minn.) was assaulted in her apartment building, suffering bruises while escaping serious injury. Her chief of staff said the attack didn’t appear to be politically motivated.

In 2022, a 26-year-old California man was arrested near Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home in Maryland and was charged with attempted murder after telling law enforcement officials that he wanted to kill the jurist following the leaking of a draft opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion decision. The suspect named in the case, Nicholas J. Roske, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The U.S. Supreme Court didn’t respond by press time to a request by The Epoch Times for comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter with 15 years experience who started as a local New York City reporter. Having joined The Epoch Times' news team in 2009, Jack was born and raised near Modesto in California's Central Valley. Follow him on X: