Siale Angilau Shot In Courtroom After Attacking Witness

Pauline Gross
March 14, 2018

In the video from the 2014 trial, defendant Siale Angilau can be seen standing from his chair, taking a pen from his defense counsel's table, sprinting and lunging toward the witness, who narrowly ducked out of the way before a USA marshal shot four times, striking Angilau.

The U.S. Marshal fired four times killing 25-year-old Siale Angilau.

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. It claimed that Angilau was killed by excessive force.

KSL reported an FBI investigation also cleared the deputy of any wrongdoing.

"The video completely contradicts the plaintiffs' argument that Angilau stopped posing a danger within less than one second of launching himself over the witness stand while making a stabbing motion with a pen in his hand", Dowdell wrote in a statement obtained by Deseret News.

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Angilau's family sued the court, with attorney Robert Sykes saying Angilau had ceased hostilities after leaping into the witness box.

He said the video shows that the marshal "panicked" and should have used other methods to subdue Angilau. The officer who fired the shots points his gun at Angilau, who, positioned behind the witness stand, is no longer visible in the video. "There was no necessity to use force", he said. "They weren't entitled to use the death penalty on him for an assault".

Angilau was one of 17 Tongan Crip members named in a 2010 indictment accused of assault, conspiracy, robbery and weapons offenses.

A federal judge has released the four-year-old courtroom video of the intense moment a defendant is fatally shot as he attacks a witness in Salt Lake City. The Department of Justice had wanted to suppress the video for fear it would spark a wave of gang-related retaliation. The agency declined to comment on Monday about the release of the video.

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