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US judge's security shoots man during attempted carjacking, say authorities


FILE - Crime tape blocks off a crime scene in Baltimore, Maryland, July 13, 2021. On July 5, 2024, a U.S. Marshal shot an armed man during an attempted carjacking in Washington, near the home of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
FILE - Crime tape blocks off a crime scene in Baltimore, Maryland, July 13, 2021. On July 5, 2024, a U.S. Marshal shot an armed man during an attempted carjacking in Washington, near the home of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

A member of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's security detail shot an armed man during an attempted carjacking in the early morning hours, according to court documents.

It happened as two deputy U.S. Marshals were on duty in a government car in Washington about 1 a.m. on July 5. They were confronted by a man who got out of a silver minivan and pointed a gun at one of them through the driver's side window, according to a criminal complaint. The car was unmarked, but the pair were dressed in U.S. Marshals shirts.

The deputy pulled out his department-issued gun and shot the man about four times, hitting him in the mouth. He then gave the man first aid while the minivan drove away, charges state. The suspect was hospitalized and placed under arrest on suspicion of attempted carjacking and resisting officers.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Marshals confirmed the deputies were part of the detail protecting Supreme Court justices. The deputies were stationed near Sotomayor's home.

Sotomayor was not directly mentioned in court documents and there is no indication she was the target of the attack.

It comes after a string of high-profile carjackings in the nation's capital last year. Other victims included a diplomat from the United Arab Emirates and U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar of Texas. Secret Service agents protecting President Joe Biden's granddaughter also opened fire after three people tried to break into an unmarked Secret Service vehicle last year. No one was struck.

The overall number of carjackings is on the decline so far this year, according to police data.

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