Carjacker Shot Near Sotomayor's Home by Her Security

Suspect does not appear to have any connection to the Supreme Court justice
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2024 2:00 AM CDT
Member of Sotomayor's Security Detail Shoots Carjacker Near Her Home
FILE - Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor attends a panel discussion, Feb. 23, 2024 in Washington.   (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

A member of the security detail for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor shot an armed man amid an attempted carjacking last week, according to sources and a recently unsealed charging document. US marshals, wearing shirts that identified them as such, were sitting in an unmarked car outside the justice's residence in Washington, DC, in the early hours of July 5 when a silver minivan pulled up and a man exited and pointed a gun inside the marshals' car window, Politico reports. One of the marshals fired at the suspect, hitting him in the mouth; first aid was administered to him at the scene until he was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A second suspect in the minivan, which police say was stolen, fled the scene, and the van has not yet been recovered, the Washington Post reports.

The criminal complaint does not identify Sotomayor, but the US Marshals Service confirmed the deputies involved in the incident are part of the unit that protects Supreme Court justices' homes, and anonymous sources confirmed they were watching Sotomayor's home at the time. Sources also tell CNN the incident appears to have been random, not targeted. Still, it comes as the security of high court justices has come under increasing concern. The suspect has been identified as an 18-year-old; he faces charges including armed carjacking. (More Sonia Sotomayor stories.)

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