A U.S. Marshal opened fire on a defendant in federal court in Salt Lake City on Monday as he ran toward a witness in a "aggressive, threatening manner."

Siale Angilau, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the chest, later died at a local hospital.

Angilau, a Tongan Crip gang member, was not even an hour into the second day of his trial Monday morning when gunshots and chaos cut through the quiet hush of court. According to Mark Dressen, FBI assistant special agent in charge, the defendant charged the witness stand with a pen or pencil, prompting a U.S. marshal to shoot the man multiple times in the chest.

No one else was harmed.


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