Published: Fri, March 16, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Video released of deadly courtroom shooting

Video released of deadly courtroom shooting

The witness he tried to attack was out of sight as his attacker was shot, and was not hurt in the incident. (Supplied) He then launches himself over the witness box towards the shackled witness. An oficer out of shot yells "drop the pen".

The recently released video shows Angilau casually taking a pen from his attorney's pocket, rising from his seat and running towards the man in the witnesses stand.

A deputy US marshal, who is only identified a Jane Doe in court documents, fires four shots at him, killing him, KSL in Salt Lake City reported.

The witness jumps back as Angilau falls over the front of the witness stand.

In the clip, an officer can be heard yelling at Angilau: 'Drop the pen, drop the pen out of your hand'.

Angilau family's attorney Robert Sykes argued that the witness was already out of danger by the time shots were fired.

An FBI investigation also found that "Jane Doe's" use of force was justified under federal law.

"The video completely contradicts plaintiffs' argument that Angilau stopped posing a danger within less than one second of launching himself over the witness stand while making a stabbing motion with a pen in hand", Dowdell wrote, according to KSL.

Angilau was shot dead by a US Marshal.

'There was no necessity to use force'.

"They weren't entitled to use the death penalty on him for an assault". He said it is up to the them to decide if they want to appeal the judge's ruling dismissing their lawsuit.

Angilau was in court after being one of 17 named in a 29-count racketeering indictment filed in 2008.

Previous defendants in the high-profile case were sentenced to 10-30 years in prison apiece.

The Salt Lake City authorities have recently chose to unseal the footage of the 2014 court shooting of a 25-year-old gang member.

The Department of Justice wanted the video kept under seal over concerns it could lead to retaliatory gang violence. For safety reasons, the authorities blurred the faces of prosecutors, judge, and the US Marshall who killed the man. The agency declined to comment on Monday about the release of the video.

In July 2016, the Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and a coalition of Utah media, including the Deseret News, KSL, Salt Lake Tribune, Fox 13 and Associated Press, filed requests under the Freedom of Information Act seeking the video with the assistance of attorneys from Parr Brown Gee & Loveless.

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