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Gang member shot dead in court after he rushes witness stand

Gang member shot dead in court after he rushes witness stand

The 24 seconds of video shows Siale Angilau, a member of the Tongan Crips gang, standing up at the defense table, grabbing a pen or pencil, then running to the witness stand and hurdling himself over it.

The video shows a U.S. Marshall shooting dead, racketeering defendant and gang member Siale Angilau as he attacks a testifying witness. He was not hurt, the "Daily Mail" reports.

Siale Angilau, 25, is seen charging towards the stand inside a Utah federal courthouse before a USA marshal fires four rounds at close range.

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.

Angilau's family sued the court, with attorney Robert Sykes saying Angilau had ceased hostilities after leaping into the witness box. "Angilau was in custody, but he essentially had escaped custodial control for those seconds during which he was executing his plan to assault the witness".




The man jumped back to avoid being hit as Angilau fell feet-first over the front of the witness stand and the unidentified U.S. marshal fires his gun. "His attack was stopped by the shots that Jane Doe rapidly fired, in less than one and one-half seconds". He also noted that the defendant was already on the ground when the Marshall fired the final three shots, CBS News also reported.

Dowdell said it was clear that Angilau's actions necessitated the marshal's deadly response and that Angilau's rights were not violated.

The Angilau family attorney, Bob Sykes, said Monday morning he had not yet had an opportunity to discuss an appeal with his clients but hoped to do so "shortly". Faces of the marshal and jurors are blurred to obscure their identities. Dowdell sided with Cleary's order Friday. It claimed that Angilau was killed by excessive force. Audio of the shooting was released previously.

The video was released after a media coalition, including The Associated Press, argued for its release as an important record in a police use-of-force case, according to the AP. Warning: Viewers may find the video disturbing.