Siale Angilau Shot In Courtroom After Attacking Witness


Siale Angilau Shot In Courtroom After Attacking Witness

A Utah judge has released 2014 courtroom footage showing a U.S. Marshall fatally shooting a pen-wielding gang member during a federal racketeering trial.

As the chaos unfolded, a U.S. Marshall identified in court documents as "Jane Doe" fired four shots at Angilau, 25, while instructing him to drop the pen.

It shows Angilau, a member of the Tongan Crip gang, calmly rising from his seat beside his attorney during the witness testimony and grabbing his lawyer's pen. "Drop the pen out of your hand". He dismissed Angilau's family's lawsuit which claimed excessive force was used in the incident.

In a statement obtained by Deseret News US District Court Judge John Dowdell said the video contradicts the plaintiff's argument that Angilau stopped posing a danger within less than one second of launching himself at the witness stand.

He said: 'Angilau was in custody, but he essentially had escaped custodial control for those seconds during which he was executing his plan to assault the witnesses.

An FBI investigation also found the shooting justified and the Marshal was cleared of any wrongdoing shortly after the shooting.

The man jumped back to avoid being hit as Angilau fell feet-first over the front of the witness stand and the unidentified USA marshal fires his gun.

'His attack was stopped by the shots that Jane Doe rapidly fired, in less than one and one-half seconds'. Angilau (pictured) is no longer visible at that point.

Angilau, who later died from his wounds, was one of 17 Tongan Crip members indicted in 2010 on charges of assault, conspiracy, robbery and various weapons offenses. Angilau was the last person to be tried, as previous defendants were sentenced to 10 to 30 years behind bars.

Magistrate Judge Paul Cleary ordered the release of a pixelated version of the video obscuring faces of law enforcement officers and others in November, but the Department of Justice objected.



© 2015 Leader Call. All Rights reserved.