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Teen Tries Carjacking US Marshals Outside Justice Sotomayor’s House

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Teen Tries Carjacking US Marshals Outside Justice Sotomayor’s House
Teen Tries Carjacking US Marshals Outside Justice Sotomayor’s House

Carjackings are surprisingly common in many US cities, including Washington, D.C. We already saw a sitting member of Congress get carjacked last year and there was an incident involving the Secret Service shooting at an aggressor in The District not long ago. Now we’re learning that last week a teenager tried carjacking a US Marshals Service Deputy as he and a colleague sat in their vehicles outside Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor’s home.

Violent carjacking in Hawaii shocks many.

Talk about bad luck for the would-be carjacker. He got out of a minivan which undoubtedly was stolen, walked up to one of two Dodge Durangos the deputies were sitting inside, and tapped the driver’s window with his handgun to show he meant business, reports CBS Mornings.

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But the Deputy US Marshal knew exactly what to do, opening fire before the kid could do the same to him, striking the suspect in the jaw. That kept him from pulling the trigger and landed 18-year-old Kentrell Flowers in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

While sitting in your car often makes you a sitting duck for carjackers and other criminals, the US Marshals Service is know for being rather competent, training deputies to keep their heads on a swivel and their shooting skills sharp.

Considering these two were acting as guards for the US Supreme Court Justice, we think they were both aware of the unannounced visitor and weren’t about to let him get the drop on either one of them. So far, an investigation hasn’t found the teenager was there for anything but to steal a vehicle.

Both deputies were sitting in Dodge Durangos. Those and other Mopars are of course hot theft items, drawing these armed teenagers like moths to the flame. Other than Kias and Hyundais, we see them stolen perhaps the most in the past year or so.

Image via CBS Mornings/YouTube

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