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Gang member shot dead in court after he rushes witness stand

13 March 2018

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.

Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune Family, friends, and supporters of Siale Angilau, who was shot and killed in the Salt Lake City federal courthouse, gather for the Justice4Siale Vigil on the courthouse plaza in Salt Lake City, Utah, Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

The clip of the incident, that took place in 2014, has only now been released to the public after US District Judge John Dowdell dismissed a lawsuit brought by Angilau's family claiming excessive force.

He points out that Angilau was already down on the ground for the final three shots and that a courtroom full of officers could have stopped him to stop him before he harmed anyone with the pen.

Someone is heard yelling: "Whoa, whoa, whoa", but before any officers could react, Angilau sprinted toward the witness and leaped with his right arm cocked overhead with the pen in hand.

A video recording of the 2014 Utah police shooting of an alleged gang leader Siale Angilau (25) was publicly released today following a decision by a United States District Judge John E. Dowdell on 9 March.

"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 judge added.

'His attack was stopped by the shots that Jane Doe rapidly fired, in less than one and one-half seconds'.

Faces of nearly all the people present inside the courtroom at the time, including the judge is blurred in the video.

The FBI also found the shooting to be justified.

Their attorney, Robert Sykes, claims the witness was not in danger after he moved out of the way and the shooting was therefore unnecessary.

Skyes said: "There was no need to use deadly force". He said it is up to the them to decide if they want to appeal the judge's ruling dismissing their lawsuit.

Judge Dowdell sided with Cleary's order on Friday, and it was released Monday. They supported journalists' efforts to see the video.

Angilau was rushed to the hospital with at least one chest wound and later died from his injuries.

Angilau was one of 17 people named in a 2010 indictment accusing Tongan Crip members of assault, conspiracy, robbery and weapons offenses. Angilau was the last person to be tried, as previous defendants were sentenced to 10 to 30 years behind bars.

Gang member shot dead in court after he rushes witness stand