Judge releases video of fatal federal courtroom shooting

Nellie Chapman
March 14, 2018

A USA federal judge released footage of the 2014 fatal shooting of a gang member inside a courtroom Monday, showing the defendant rushing a witness with a pen before officers shot him.

The short, but intense clip, shows defendant Siale Angilau trying to attack a witness at his 2014 trial with a pen. He was not hurt, the "Daily Mail" reports. The officer who fired the shots points his gun at Angilau, who, positioned behind the witness stand, is no longer visible in the video.

Angilau's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit, which according to Fox News 13, argued that the four gunshots, when Angilau was already on the ground, was excessive.

An investigation launched into the incident found the officer, who was not named, was legally justified in using the force he did.

"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 wrote in a ruling obtained by Deseret News.

The man jumped back to avoid being hit as Angilau fell feet-first over the front of the witness stand and the unidentified United States marshal fires his gun.

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

While Angilau's family decides if they will appeal the decision, their attorney is happy the public will at least see the video. Dowdell sided with Cleary's order Friday.

But the judge dismissed that lawsuit, ruling that under the totality of the circumstances, the Marshal's "use of deadly force against Angilau was objectively reasonable and did not violate his fourth amendment rights". Warning: Viewers may find the video disturbing.

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.

However, Judge Dowdell said that the marshal - referred to as Jane Doe - stopped the attack.

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