Siale Angilau, 25

Salt Lake City, Utah
April 21, 2014

Agencies: Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI | US Marshals Service District of Utah

Cause of death: Shooting

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Last updated: almost 6 years ago


A U.S. marshal shot and killed 25 year-old defendant Siale Angilau on Monday, April 21, 2014 in a new federal courthouse.

The marshal fired after Angilau rushed the witness stand with a pen at his trial in Salt Lake City, authorities said. Angilau was hospitalized with at least one chest wound, FBI spokesman Mark Dressen said, and later died. The witness wasn't hurt.

Angilau was one of 17 people named in a 29-count racketeering indictment filed in 2008 accusing gang members of conspiracy, assault, robbery and weapons offenses.

The unidentified witness, who was unhurt, had been testifying about gang initiation when Angilau charged him, said Perry Cardwell, who was in the courtroom. Cardwell was there to support his mother, Sandra Keyser, who was punched in the face during a holdup in 2002.

Legal Action

The parents of Siale Angilau filed a lawsuit on September 22, 2016 against the United States government and the woman who fired the fatal shots.

On March 9, 2018, U.S. District Judge John Dowdell dismissed lawsuit brought by the family claiming excessive force in the court marshal's shooting of Siale Angilau, 25.