On the evening of November 12 local time, a member of the Secret Service team assigned to protect Ms. Naomi Biden opened fire after seeing three thieves breaking the windows of an SUV, an official told The Associated Press. There were no people in the car at the time and there were no signs of it belonging to the US Secret Service (USS).
According to a statement from the USSS, there were no casualties in the firing. Three robbers were seen running away in a red car. The USSS also sent a report regarding the incident to the Columbia Police Department (MPDC), Washington, DC.
On November 13, the MPDC said it was investigating the shooting, similar to several investigations into police shootings in Washington.
The MPDC said that “the facts and evidence of the case will be independently reviewed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.”
Washington, D.C., saw a significant increase this year in car theft or carjacking – robbing a car by using force even when it is occupied.
In 2023, the Capital Police recorded more than 750 carjackings and another 6,000 reports related to stolen vehicles.
In September 2023, Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar of Texas was robbed by three armed assailants while sitting in a car near the Capitol area. The group stole Mr. Cuellar’s car but did not harm him.
Violent crime in Washington also increased 40% this year. In February 2023, Democratic Congresswoman Angie Craig of Minnesota was attacked at home in an apartment complex.
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