Secret Service opens fire on suspects breaking into vehicle hauling president's granddaughter

November 15, 2023

High drama unfolded in the streets of Washington, D.C. this week after U.S. Secret Service agents opened fire on a trio of criminals who got a little to close for comfort.

According to the Washington Examiner, agents assigned to the protection detail of Naomi Biden, President Joe Biden's granddaughter, opened fire on three suspects they witnessed attempting to break into an unmarked, unoccupied Secret Service vehicle in which she travels.

Thankfully, the president's granddaughter wasn't in or near the agency vehicle, but agents opened fire on the suspects, though none of them were reported to have been struck by the shooting.

The Examiner noted:

Two to three people fled the scene in a red vehicle, Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said on Monday. The Secret Service has put out a regional bulletin to the Metropolitan Police Department to be on the lookout for the car.

The Secret Service released a bulletin to the public to look out for the vehicle in which the subjects escaped. A spokesperson for the agency released a statement.

"Our preliminary statement on the weapon discharge following a break-in to a Secret Service vehicle. Two to Three possible suspects fled the scene in a vehicle and a regional bulletin has been issued to supporting units. @DCPoliceDept are investigating the incident," agency spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi wrote.

The Examiner noted that the incident comes as carjackings in the nation's capital have dramatically increased over the years.

Carjackings have been on the rise in Washington, D.C., surging 250% in the last five years. There have been over 750 reported carjackings this year, and 75% of carjackings in the city involved guns, according to Washington data. Motor vehicle theft is up 98% in 2023 compared to this time last year, with 6,112 reported incidents compared to 3,081 in 2022.

Some took to social media to criticize the Secret Service agents for letting the suspects flee the scene.

"Bad shooting. Get that officer some weapons training," one X user wrote.

Another X user wrote, "Great job! Neighborhoods would be safer and thieves would think twice if we could all protect our property and loved ones in the same manner. The perps weren't hit by gunfire? Get those agents back to the target range, pronto!"

The agency noted that the "facts and evidence in the case will be independently reviewed by the United States Attorney’s Office."

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