A Secret Service agent discharged their weapon on Sunday night in response to an attempted vehicle break-in in Washington D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood, according to a statement released by the agency on Monday.
The incident holds significance as the agents involved are responsible for the protection of President Biden’s granddaughter, Naomi Biden, as reported by multiple outlets.
The encounter took place when Secret Service agents came across “possibly three individuals breaking a window on a parked and unoccupied government vehicle” around midnight in Georgetown, stated U.S. Secret Service spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi.
During the commotion, one of the agents fired their service weapon, although no injuries were reported. “Two to Three possible suspects fled the scene in a vehicle,” added Guglielmi in a post on X. The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and the Secret Service are jointly investigating the incident.
It’s important to note that there was no direct threat to the Secret Service agents’ protectees, confirmed Guglielmi. However, due to security measures, he refrained from providing specific details about the protectees in question when approached by Axios.
This incident adds to the growing concern over carjackings in Washington D.C. in recent years. Just last month, Representative Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) was subject to a carjacking incident while parking his vehicle outside an apartment building. Fortunately, Cuellar remained unharmed.