Defendant shot during gang trial in Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY -- A defendant in a gang-related trial was shot by a U.S. Marshall Monday when he allegedly attacked a witness during a trial at a new federal courthouse in Salt Lake City, KUTV reports.

The shooting occurred in the courtroom of Judge Tena Campbell who was presiding over the racketeering trial of Siale Angilau, an alleged member of the Tongan Crip gang.

The 410-000 square-foot courthouse, which opened last week with upgraded security, was placed on lockdown.

According to a witness quoted by KUTV, the U.S. Marshall fired on Angilau. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that witnesses saw one person -- apparently the victim of the shooting -- being removed on a stretcher.

The Tribune says the Angilau case was the last in a series of Tongan Crip-related trials that have been going on since 2007.

In 2011, a jury convicted 7 members of the gang for robbery, assault and use of firearms during crimes of violence committed in support of an ongoing criminal organization, the Deseret News reports.

The newspaper says some jurors at the time feared retaliation from gang members and wanted assurances from the judge that they would be safe. A note from a juror asking for such assurances nearly caused a mistrial in the case, the News reports.


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