A footage showing a female police officer gunning down and killing a gangster for attacking a witness in an Utah court room has been just released. The video shows the defendant charging toward the witness with a pen before being killed.
Siale Angilau was trialed in a court in Salt Lake City for racketeering. A rival gangster was testifying against him, which spurred the attack. Angilau was taken down as he entered the witness box.
The witness, which was handcuffed, was able to dodge the attack before a Marshall present in the room shot the attacker dead. The incident occurred in 2014, but a judged agreed for it to be made public this year.
The gangster’s family’s lawsuit regarding the incident was dismissed.
Angilau’s Family Claims He Was Wrongfully Killed
District Judge John Dowdell wanted the footage to be made public to show that the family’s argument that the attacker “stopped posing a danger within less than one second of launching himself over the witness stand” is not valid.
FBI confirmed that the officer’s gunfire hit the attacker in the chest. The man was still breathing when he was taken away by paramedics but died at a nearby hospital because of the wounds.
The judge that was presiding over the case when the incident occurred commented that the jurors were ‘shaken and upset’ while leaving the courtroom. She declared a mistrial that day.
Fortunately, no one was injured in the attack which took place in the opening day of the trial. The late gangster was the last member of the Tongan Crip Gang to face a federal trial.
In 2011, half dozen gang members or associates were convicted, with only one being acquitted.
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