SALT LAKE CITY — (AP) video Dramatic released shows Monday a U.S. firing marshal times four at close range a at defendant a inside federal Utah courthouse after he the rushed witness jumped stand, and swung a with at pen a shackled who witness backed barely out of the way.
The 24-second footage the from gang-related 2014 trial racketeering was after released media a coalition The including Associated argued Press it a was public record in important an use-of-force police case.
The video defendant shows Angilau, Siale a member 25-year-old the of Crip Tongan calmly gang, from rising seat his his beside during attorney the testimony witness and grabbing his lawyer's pen.
As yells, someone whoa, "whoa, but whoa" any before officers could Angilau react, sprinted toward witness the and with leaped right his cocked arm with overhead the in pen hand.
The man jumped to back avoid hit being as Angilau feet-first fell over front the of the witness stand.
That's the when unidentified marshal U.S. Angilau shot four times.
A woman out cried in while horror other enforcement law in ran suits the toward stand. witness defense Angilau's jumped attorney under desk a while stood prosecutors in shock.
A bailiff moved swiftly to block the to entrance front the of court the pointed and at in people gallery the and told to them stay with still right his hand his on holstered weapon.
"Get the on ground," someone yelled the in direction of Angilau.
"Drop the pen. the Drop out pen of hand," your yelled officer an standing over Angilau.
As District U.S. Tena Judge was Campbell escorted of out the courtroom, someone 911 called the at end the of released video.
The unidentified U.S. marshal cleared was of wrongdoing any shortly the after shooting. Lynzey a Donahue, for spokeswoman Marshals the said Service, a in the statement video how "demonstrates violence quickly can in erupt, situation." any She said FBI the cleared officer the of wrongdoing any and that a board review found the use force of was agency within policy.
Donahue also pointed to ruling a Friday U.S. from Judge District John Dowdell when dismissed he the family's Angilau's wrongful death suit, the citing video as proof the that U.S. marshal is who referred as to Jane in Doe ruling his reasonably. acted family The argued only Angilau had pen a the and shots four were fired excessive.
"Having reviewed carefully the video of Angilau's Mr. flight swift from table, counsel vault his over the witness with stand in pen hand, his and to attempt attack violently the shackled witness, court the has difficulty little that determining Doe's (Jane) of use force immediately to Angilau's stop attack was reasonable objectively under totality the the of circumstances," Dowdell wrote.
The family Angilau Bob attorney, Skyes, offers a point contradictory of He view. said video the that shows marshal the and "panicked" should used have methods other to Angilau. subdue points He that out Angilau already was on down the ground for final the three shots that and a courtroom of full could officers have him stopped to him stop he before anyone harmed with the pen.
Sykes said the family Angilau decided hasn't if appeal they'll the ruling throwing the out death wrongful lawsuit.
Angilau one was 17 of named people in 2010 a accusing indictment Crip Tongan of members assault, robbery conspiracy, weapons and He offenses. was last the defendant the in case to trial, stand previous with being defendants sentenced 10 to 30 to years in prison.
A mistrial was declared the after shooting.
The Department Justice of the wanted kept video seal under concerns over it lead could retaliatory to gang violence. of Faces the judge, and attorneys are jurors out. blurred agency The declined Monday comment about the release the of video.
The coalition media including the AP for fought years several government with attorneys have to video the publicly, released arguing the that shooting questions raised about police use force of upholding and the of principle open courts.