Shooting in Salt Lake Court Room

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Siale Angilau was shot several times in the chest by a U.S. Marshall in a Salt Lake City courtroom after attacking the witness with a pen. Photo courtesy of Oregonlive.com

Siale Angilau was shot several times in the chest by a U.S. Marshall in a Salt Lake City courtroom after attacking the witness with a pen. Photo courtesy of Oregonlive.com

Around 9:30 Monday morning, there was a shooting in a room at the new Federal Courthouse in downtown Salt Lake City. The investigation is being handled by U.S Marshalls.

A member of the Tongan Crip Gang, Siale Anglau, was in the courtroom for a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) trial. He was the last of more than a dozen men to be tried for a string of robberies between July 2007 and early 2008. Media reports say that Angilau charged the witness stand and attempted to stab the witness with either a pen or a pencil. KSL and Deseret News are both saying that Angilau was then shot by a member of the U.S Marshal’s that was present in the room.

Investigators are unsure how many shots were fired, if any went stray, and how many times Angilau was actually hit. In an interview with the press, Mark Dressen, the FBI’s assistant special agent-in-charge for the Utah bureau, said he did not know the current status of the victim but he did know that Angilau was still breathing when he was taken away from the courthouse in an ambulance.  Reports say that Angilau later died from his wounds at the hospital.

When asked by news reporters, Dressen said, “I think the marshals did an exceptional job. They stopped the threat to the witness.”

This event comes just a week after the new Federal Courthouse was opened.

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