This incredible video captures a gangster launching himself at a witness in a courtroom – before he was shot dead by a woman cop.
Siale Angilau, 25, was standing trial in Salt Lake City, Utah, when he suddenly got up from his place at the defendant’s bench and grabbed a pen.
Angilau ran towards the rival gangster testifying and vaulted into the witness box to attack him.
An oficer out of shot yells “drop the pen. Drop the pen out of your hand.”
His target, who was shackled and handcuffed, managed to swerve out of the way before a US Marshall, named only as Jane Doe, shot Angilau dead.
A judge decided to release footage of the incident in 2014 as a lawsuit brought by Angilau’s family was dismissed.
“The video completely contradicts the 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 his hand,” said District Judge John Dowdell.
“Angilau was in custody, but he essentially had escaped custodial control for those seconds during which he was executing his plan to assault the witness,” the judge wrote in a document obtained bu Deseret News.
“His attack was stopped by the shots that Jane Doe rapidly fired, in less than one and one-half seconds.”
The FBI said Angilau, who was struck in the chest by the marshal’s gunfire, was still breathing when he was removed from the courtroom by stretcher, but later died of his wounds at a local hospital.
An investigation into the shooting also found it was legally justified.
But the Angilau family’s lawyer, Robert Sykes, said a jury should see the footage to decide whether the marshal used appropriate force as he said the witness had got out of the way of danger by the time the shots were fired.
He said: “Those last three shots were all after he’s been shot once down on the ground in the back, and that’s the problem I have with the case. There was no necessity to use force.”
It is now up to the family if they want to appeal the judge’s decision on dismissing their lawsuit over the shooting.
U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell, who was presiding over the case, declared a mistrial, saying jurors were left visibly “shaken and upset.”
The video has been muzzed to keep the judge, officers and any witnesses in the room from being identified.
No one else was injured in the incident, which occurred during the opening day of testimony in the defendant’s racketeering trial.
Angilau was the last of several alleged members and associates of the Tongan Crip Gang to stand trial on federal racketeering and other charges including conspiracy, assault, robbery and weapons offences.
He was also accused of assaulting two federal officers and brandishing a firearm.
About a half dozen co-defendants were convicted in 2011 and one was acquitted.