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U.S. Marshall kills defendant armed with pen at federal courthouse

Siale Angilau was shot in a federal courthouse when he lunged at a witness.
Siale Angilau was shot in a federal courthouse when he lunged at a witness.
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On Monday, April 21, an armed U.S. Marshall fatally shot a defendant at his racketeering trial at a federal courthouse. The defendant rushed a witness utilizing a pen as a weapon. He was one of 17 people named in a 2010 indictment.

Siale Angilau, 25, was shot multiple times in front of dazed lawyers, jurors and those watching the trial in the courtroom. A member of the “Tongan Crip” gang Angilau is accused of assault, conspiracy, robbery and weapons charges.

The witness who has not yet been identified was not injured in the incident. The witness was testifying in regards to gang initiation when Angilau charged him. Angilau’s street name is “C-Down” and he is a member of the Tongan Crips.

Angilau is accused of robbing convenience stores and assaulting the clerks on five different occasions. In the final robbery, a clerk was shot. He is also accused of assaulting a federal agent.

U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell declared a mistrial after the shooting. She declared the mistrial due to the fact that the jurors were visibly upset and shaken.

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