U.S. Marshal shoots suspect trying to carjack him near Sonia Sotomayor's home

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J. Scott Applewhite

A U.S. Marshal shot a suspected carjacker near the home of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor last week.

Kentrell Flowers, 18, was shot after allegedly pointing a firearm in "an apparent attempt to carjack" two marshals early Friday morning, according to D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department. The shooting occurred on the 2100 block of 11th Street, which is near Sotomayor's residence.

The U.S. Marshals Service confirmed to NBC News that deputies were part of a unit protecting the residences of U.S. Supreme Court justices, but did not provide additional details. The Daily Mail was the first to report that the incident occurred near Sotomayor's home.

According to a federal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, two marshals were parked in a government-issued vehicle at 1:17 a.m. when a silver van pulled up alongside them.

Flowers then got out of the van to approach the driver's side door and pointed a gun through the driver's window, the complaint said.

One of the marshals, who was not identified, used his department-issued gun to fire four times at the suspect. One of the shots hit Flowers in the mouth, the complaint said.

The silver van that Flowers exited fled the scene as the marshals gave him first aid. Flowers was taken to a hospital for treatment, where he was arrested, according to the complaint.

A .40 caliber Smith & Wesson was allegedly found in Flowers right pants pocket.

"It had (0) rounds in the chamber, and (8) rounds of .40 caliber ammunition in a 13 round capacity magazine," the complaint said.

A detective with the Metropolitan Police recovered video of the shooting, the complaint said, which showed someone exiting a van and approaching the marshals' car. NBC News has not viewed the video.

Detectives were able to confirm that the car was a 2017 silver Toyota Sienna that had been carjacked, the complaint said.

According to a press release by Metropolitan Police Department, the police's internal affairs unit is investigating the shooting as it does all "law enforcement officer involved shootings in the District of Columbia." The case will then be sent to the United States Attorney’s Office for review.

Metropolitan police also said that a second marshal from another vehicle had also responded and fired a service weapon.

Flowers has been charged in federal court with attempted carjacking and assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers using a dangerous weapon. Court records do not list an attorney for Flowers. A phone number was not listed for Flowers in a search of public records.

The U.S. Supreme Court did not immediately respond to an NBC News request for comment.

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