A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that Secret Service agents safeguarding President Joe Biden’s granddaughter opened fire on three individuals who attempted to breach into an unmarked Secret Service vehicle in the nation’s capital.
The agents, who were tasked with protecting Naomi Biden, were with her late Sunday night in the Georgetown neighborhood when they observed three individuals smashing a window of the unattended, parked SUV, according to an official.
The official spoke to the Associated Press on Monday under the condition of anonymity as he was unable to disclose investigation details publicly.
One of the agents discharged ammunition, but no one was injured, according to a statement from the Secret Service.
The three individuals were observed escaping in a red vehicle, and the Secret Service informed Metropolitan Police to issue a regional alert regarding their whereabouts.
This year has witnessed a substantial increase in the incidence of carjackings and car larceny in Washington.
More than 750 carjackings and over 6,000 reports of stolen vehicles have been filed with the district police thus far this year.
Representative Henry Cuellar of Texas was not physically harmed when his vehicle was stolen by three armed assailants near the Capitol last month.
Additionally, violent crime in Washington has increased by over 40 percent since the previous year.
Minnesota Representative Angie Craig, who was accosted in her apartment building in February, suffered only minor bruises and escaped serious injury.