A U.S. marshal shoots defendant in federal court

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UPDATED at 12:00 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) —  U.S. marshal shot and critically wounded a defendant on Monday in a federal courthouse after the man rushed the witness stand with a pen at his trial in Salt Lake City, authorities said.

Defendant Siale Angilau was hospitalized with at least one chest wound, FBI spokesman Mark Dressen said.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney in Utah says a shooting has left at least one person injured at a federal courthouse in downtown Salt Lake City.

Salt Lake City police were called to the U.S. District Court building about 9:45 a.m. Monday, and witnesses told the Salt Lake Tribune they saw someone carried out of the courthouse on a stretcher.

U.S. attorney’s office spokeswoman Melodie Rydalch said the shooting happened in connection with a gang-related trial.

Rydalch didn’t immediately say if the shooter was in custody.

The case was being heard in U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell’s courtroom.

 

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