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Video released of deadly courtroom shooting

Video released of deadly courtroom shooting

Someone is heard yelling: "Whoa, whoa, whoa", but before any officers could react, Angilau sprinted toward the witness and leaped with his right arm cocked overhead with the pen in hand.

Deseret News reports that the 24-second video shows Siale Angilau, a member of the Tongan Crips gang, standing up, grabbing a pen, and approaching the witness stand to possibly attack a shackled witness. "They don't need to shoot this young man". Angilau lunges headfirst over the witness stand with his arm raised, ready to strike, and narrowly misses Tenifa, who swivels around the back of the witness stand.

A United States marshal fired four times at close range at the defendant inside as he rushed to the witness stand, jumped and swung with a pen at a shackled witness.

Authorities have identified the USA marshal only as Jane Doe. "Get on the ground!"

The video is pixelated to obscure the judge, officers and others in the courtroom.

But Angilau family's attorney, said a jury should see the video and make a decision about whether the marshal used appropriate force.

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Magistrate Judge Paul Cleary ordered the release of a pixelated version of the video obscuring faces of law enforcement officers and others in November, but the Department of Justice objected. They supported journalists' efforts to see the video.

Along with making the video public, U.S. District Judge John Dowdell dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Angilau family claiming excessive force in the shooting.

The Angilau family attorney, Bob Sykes, said Monday morning he had not yet had an opportunity to discuss an appeal with his clients but hoped to do so "shortly".

However, Judge Dowdell said that the marshal - referred to as Jane Doe - stopped the attack.

The video was released after a media coalition, including The Associated Press, argued for its release as an important record in a police use-of-force case, according to the AP.

Then, he says, the marshal continues to fire when Angilau is already on the floor, which was "improper".