Fox News has confirmed that a US Secret Service agent assigned to protect President Biden’s granddaughter, Naomi, opened fire overnight on suspects who attempted to break into a car in Washington, DC.
At approximately 11:58 p.m. Sunday in the D.C. neighborhood of Georgetown, Secret Service agents encountered three potential suspects who had broken the window of a parked, unoccupied government vehicle, the agency confirmed in a statement obtained by Fox News.
During the standoff, a federal agent fired his service weapon, and it is believed no one was injured, the Secret Service said. The perpetrators immediately fled the scene in a red vehicle and regional surveillance was issued to supporting units.
“There was no threat to any of the guards, and the incident is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department and the Secret Service,” the statement read.
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Fox News confirmed that the federal agent in question was assigned to protect Naomi Biden.
Secret Service agents were out with Naomi Biden, the 29-year-old eldest daughter of Hunter Biden and his ex-wife, Kathleen Buhle, in the Georgetown neighborhood late Sunday night when they saw three people trying to break into a parked, unmarked Secret Service. SUVs in the nation’s capital, sources confirmed to Fox News.
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Washington has seen a significant increase in the number of car hijackings and car thefts this year. Police have reported more than 750 car thefts this year and more than 6,000 reports of car thefts in the area. U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, was robbed near the Capitol last month by three armed assailants, who stole his car but did not do him any physical harm.
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Violent crime in Washington has also been on the rise this year, up more than 40% compared to last year. In February, US Rep. Angie Craig of Minnesota was assaulted in her apartment building, leaving her with bruises while escaping serious injury.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.