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.
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.