U.S. Marshal shoots defendant at UT courthouse

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Salt Lake City, UT, United States (4E) – A U.S. Marshal shot a defendant several times for charging at a witness during a gang crime trial at a Salt Lake City federal courthouse on Monday morning.

Siale Angilau, 25, suffered gunshot wounds in the chest and was taken to a hospital. His condition is unknown.

The U.S. Marshal shot the member of the Tongan Crip gang when he charged the witness stand with a pen or pencil, according to FBI investigator Mark Dressen. The witness was unharmed.

The shooting happened inside the courtroom of District Judge Tena Campbell before 10 a.m. A jury is trying Angilau for the shooting of two deputy U.S. Marshals in August 2007. The courtroom, located in a building at 400 South and West Temple, was put on lockdown after the shooting.

It was the first day of trial of Angilau, who was indicted in March 2010 along with 16 other members of the Tongan Crip gang charged with racketeering, robbery, assault and shooting in Salt Lake Valley spanning 20 years.

Seven members of the gang were convicted in 2011 for robbery, assault and use of firearms during crimes of violence.

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