A U.S. Secret Service agent responsible for protecting President Joe Biden’s granddaughter, Naomi Biden, reportedly fired a gun at unidentified individuals who were attempting to break into a government vehicle in Washington, D.C., Sunday night.
In a statement obtained by Fox News, the Secret Service explained that the incident occurred at roughly 11:58 p.m. on Sunday in the Georgetown neighborhood. According to the information obtained by Fox News, Secret Service agents encountered three individuals attempting to break the window of a government vehicle that was parked in the area and was unoccupied. The New York Post reported that the parked vehicle belonged to the Secret Service.
“During this encounter, a federal agent discharged a service weapon and it is believed no one was struck,” a Secret Service spokesperson stated. “The offenders immediately fled the scene in a red vehicle and a regional lookout was issued to supporting units. There was no threat to any protectees and the incident is being investigated by the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and the Secret Service.”
According to ABC News, it is not clear whether Naomi Biden heard the gunshots during the encounter between Secret Service agents and the suspects; however, sources told ABC News that she was made aware of the situation after the encounter took place.
Naomi Biden, age 29, is Hunter Biden’s daughter from his previous marriage to Kathleen Buhle, according to ABC News. Naomi Biden is currently an attorney at the Arnold & Porter law firm. Last November, Naomi Biden married Peter Neal at the White House.
Sunday’s incident involving the Secret Service marks the latest example of rising crime in the nation’s capital. According to The Associated Press, Washington, D.C., has experienced a major increase in carjacking incidents and vehicle theft in 2023. Police have reported over 750 carjackings and over 6,000 stolen vehicle reports in D.C. over the past year.