Secret Service agents assigned to protect Joe Biden’s granddaughter opened fire on possibly three burglary suspects reportedly attempting to break into an unmarked government vehicle.
The agents, assigned to Naomi Biden, were with her around 11:58 p.m. Sunday night in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington D.C. when the suspects were breaking a window of the parked, unoccupied vehicle.
“During the encounter, a federal agent discharged a service weapon, and it is believed no one was struck, the Secret Service said,” Fox News reports.
“The offenders immediately fled the scene in a red vehicle and a regional lookout was issued to supporting units,” the outlet added.
Secret Service detail protecting Joe Biden’s granddaughter opens fire on 3 people who tried to break into SUV pic.twitter.com/zGe6Ce8vFa
— Tux Zito canine reporter (@tuxzito12345) November 13, 2023
Per Fox News:
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 and unmarked Secret Service SUV in the nation’s capital, sources confirmed to Fox News.Advertisement
Washington has seen a significant rise in the number of carjackings and car thefts this year. Police have reported more than 750 carjackings this year and more than 6,000 reports of stolen vehicles in the district. U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, was carjacked near the Capitol last month by three armed assailants, who stole his car but didn’t physically harm him.
Violent crime in Washington has also been on the rise this year, up more than 40% compared with last year. In February, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig, D-Minn., was assaulted in her apartment building, suffering bruises while escaping serious injury.
Carjackings have gotten so bad in DC that three individuals tried to steal the secret service vehicle carrying Joe Biden's granddaughter and Hunter Biden's daughter, Naomi Biden… the agents opened fire but the offenders GOT AWAY!
How ridiculous is this story?! pic.twitter.com/AYu87xT0iw
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) November 13, 2023
The White House faced additional criticism for the rise of violent crime in the nation’s capital and other U.S. cities after the incident.
From The Hill:
The White House on Monday argued that it is concerned about crime in Washington, D.C., and in other U.S. cities the day after a Secret Service agent fired a weapon in Georgetown when three individuals were seen breaking into a government vehicle.
The White House has touted President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, which Biden signed into law in 2021, for its billions of dollars for funding for local, state and federal police, while, it argues, Republicans haven’t acted on reducing crime. The uptick in crime in Democratic-controlled cities, such as D.C., has been a major issue local governments are dealing with and a talking point for Republicans in the 2022 midterms and going into 2024.
“They use this as a political weapon, as a political talking point while the president has taken action to make sure our communities are safer. Are we concerned? Obviously,” said White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. “Obviously we want to make sure Americans and their families feel safe not just here in D.C. but across communities. But we can’t do this alone.”
She added, “We’ve been very serious on dealing with the crime that we have seen just across the country and we’d love to work with Republicans on this, they have not been serious on this.”