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Authorities say Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s security staff shoots man during attempted car theft

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST – Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A member of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s security staff shot and killed an armed man during an attempted carjacking in the early morning hours, court documents show.

It happened when two deputy U.S. marshals were on duty in a government car in Washington, D.C., around 1 a.m. on July 5. According to a criminal complaint, 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. The car was unmarked, but the two were wearing U.S. marshals’ shirts.

The deputy drew his service weapon and shot the man approximately four times, striking him in the mouth. He then administered first aid to the man as the minivan drove away, the charges state. The suspect was taken to the hospital and arrested on suspicion of attempted carjacking and resisting officers.

A spokeswoman for the US Marshals confirmed that the officers were part of the special unit protecting Supreme Court justices and were stationed near Sotomayor’s home.

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

Previously, there had been a series of high-profile car thefts in the capital last year. Other victims included a diplomat from the United Arab Emirates and US Representative Henry Cuellar of Texas. Secret Service agents protecting President Joe Biden’s granddaughter also opened fire last year after three people tried to break into an unmarked Secret Service vehicle. No one was hit.

According to police, the total number of car thefts has been declining so far this year.

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