SCOTUS Protective Detail Shoots Armed Criminal

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A member of a Supreme Court justice’s protective detail shot an armed attempted carjacker near their residence.

According to a recently unsealed charging document in federal court in Washington, D.C., the heroic actions of a U.S. marshal ensured that justice was served on the spot.

The incident occurred while U.S. marshals, clearly identified by their agency shirts, were stationed in an unmarked vehicle near Justice Sotomayor’s home.

A silver van approached and an individual later identified as Kentrell Flowers emerged, brandishing a firearm and aiming it directly at the marshals.

One of the marshals drew his weapon and fired four shots at Flowers, striking him in the mouth.

The charging document notes that the marshal then secured Flowers’ weapon—a loaded .40 caliber Smith & Wesson—and administered first aid until emergency responders arrived and transported Flowers to a hospital.

While the charging document does not explicitly mention Justice Sotomayor, a spokesperson for the U.S. Marshals Service confirmed that the deputies involved were indeed part of the unit tasked with protecting the residences of U.S. Supreme Court justices.

The assailant’s firearm was found to be loaded with eight rounds. Meanwhile, the driver of the stolen silver van, who had transported Flowers to the scene, fled and remains at large.

DC Crime Spree Continues

Earlier this year, the Secret Service thwarted an attempted vehicle break-in targeting a car associated with President Joe Biden’s granddaughter, Naomi.

Additionally, last fall, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) was carjacked at gunpoint in the Navy Yard neighborhood, and in February 2023, Rep. Angie Craig (D-Minn.) was assaulted in her apartment lobby.

The security of Supreme Court justices has been a particularly contentious issue in recent years.

These growing threats and protests outside the justices’ homes prompted Congress to enhance security measures and increase funding to ensure their safety and that of their families.


  1. Well the D.C. crime wave has left the BIG House and has entered the main stream populis. I would suggest they enforce a curfew and fines plus take all the weapons from everyone that lives in D.C. proper. What goes around comes around. Wish there had been U.S. Marshalls at the base ball field when the shooter attempted to kill all this GOP players that year. Wish there had been a hundred U.S. Marshalls at the capital on January 6th. it would have helped prevent so much chaos. The Capital security force was never setup to deal with a million people in mass like that.

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