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Defendant dies after being shot by US marshal in federal court: FBI

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SALT LAKE CITY (PIX11/AP) — The FBI says a defendant has died after being shot by a U.S. marshal during an attack on a witness during a trial in federal court in Salt Lake City.

FBI spokesman Mark Dressen said Monday that Siale Angilau died in the hospital after being shot in the chest.

1 injured in reported shooting at Federal Courthouse

Salt Lake City police responded to reports of a shooting inside the Federal Courthouse Monday morning. (Photo/KSL.com via CNN)

Authorities say the shooting occurred in connection with a gang-related trial.  According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Angilau — an alleged member of the Tongan Crips — grabbed a pen or pencil and rushed the witness stand.  A U.S. marshal then shot Angilau; the witness was uninjured.

According to the paper, Angilau allegedly shot two deputy U.S. marshals during the summer of 2007.

Angilau was one of 17 people named in a 29-count racketeering indictment filed in 2010 accusing gang members of assault, conspiracy, robbery and weapons offenses.

The case was being heard in U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell’s courtroom.

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