SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah)- After four years of waiting, a video of a controversial courtroom shooting was finally released.
Witnesses in the courtroom on April 21, 2014 said a man was testifying about the Tongan Crip Gang when Siale Angilau, the defendant, grabbed a pen and ran toward the witness box. A female U.S. marshal shot Angilau four times, fatally wounding him.
WARNING: The video is graphic.
The video released Monday came after a four year effort by attorneys for the media which sought its release.
Friday, a U.S. federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the family of Angilou and ordered the video released to the public.
"The public had an interest in seeing what that evidence was to determine in its own mind whether the conduct was reasonable or not," said Jeff Hunt, a media attorney.
The video showed the witness running from the stand as Angilou leaped over a partition to reach the witness.
Shouts of "whoa, whoa, whoa" could be heard and then four shots rang out.
"Drop the pen out of your hand," someone said in the courtroom.
When Angilou left his seat he grabbed a pen. He was shot four times and rushed to the hospital where he later died.
"Why did they have to shoot him like that?" asked his mother Otufangavalu Angilou. "He's not an animal. They shoot him once, they will stop. But they shot him five times."
The Angilau family attorney claimed he was shot four times all in the back. Robert Sykes disagreed with the ruling of the judge.
"He's over the partition, one, two, three (shots), shooting down," said Sykes. "All four shots come after he has gone over the witness partition and he's down in the well. He's shooting him on the ground."
Sykes said the shooting did not follow police practices during a shooting. He said it will be up to the family to decide if the ruling should be appealed.
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