Defendant dead after shooting at Salt Lake City courthouse

Salt Lake City (KUTV) -- A defendant was shot inside the new federal courthouse around 9:30 am in downtown Salt Lake City Monday morning after lunging at a witness with a pen or pencil.

Officials say the shooting occurred during a trial involving Siale Angilau, 25, a member of a Tongan Crip gang. Angilau was the finale defendant in a series of cases being prosecuted by the U.S. Government in federal court against members and associates of the Tongan Crip gang (TCG).

The trial began this morning and was the first in the new building that opened just last week.

Officials say Angilau attacked a witness with a pen or pencil and was fired at by a U.S. Marshall following the attack. Officials at a press conference Monday said the U.S. Marshal shot the defendant multiple times in the chest area.

After the shooting, a group of marshals continued to hold Angilau at gunpoint near the jury box while the jury was still present in the courtroom.

Officials say he was alive and breathing as he was taken to a local hospital - however the FBI confirmed that Angilau died from his wounds early Monday afternoon.

The trial was being heard in front of a full jury in U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell's courtroom with a hearing for Siale Angilau, a known member of the Tongan Crip gang, for racketeering.

The building was put on lock down shortly after the shooting - and is expected to be under lock down until early afternoon. No other individuals were harmed in the altercation. The courthouse was secured and indications are that no weapons were secreted into the courthouse, according to the FBI.

The trial has been declared a mistrial as the incidents in the courtroom would deprive Angilau of a fair trial

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is the lead agency on this investigation in cooperation with the United States Marshals Service, Salt Lake City Police Department and United States Attorney's Office.


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