Crime & Justice

US marshal shoots defendant in federal court (updated)

A United States District Court emblem is seen in a courtroom as members of the media tour the new Salt Lake City Federal Courthouse Wednesday, April 9, 2014. 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 Monday, April 21, 2014.
A United States District Court emblem is seen in a courtroom as members of the media tour the new Salt Lake City Federal Courthouse Wednesday, April 9, 2014. 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 Monday, April 21, 2014.
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Update 11:10 a.m. US marshal shoots defendant in federal court 

A U.S. marshal shot and critically wounded a defendant on Monday in a new 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. 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.

Angilau was the last defendant in the case to stand trial, U.S. attorney's office spokeswoman Melodie Rydalch said.

Angilau's attorneys, Michael Langford and Mark Kittrell, did not immediately respond to messages.

The new $185 million federal courthouse opened a week ago in downtown Salt Lake City next door to the century-old federal courthouse.

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

Earlier: 

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.