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(SALT LAKE CITY) — Shots were fired inside a brand new federal courthouse in Salt Lake City Monday that opened only a week ago.

The FBI said a defendant in a trial involving a gang called the Tongan Crips tried to attack the witness who was testifying against him.

“The defendant may have grabbed a pen or a pencil and charged the witness stand at that time with an instrument,” said FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Mark Dressen.

That’s when a U.S. Marshal opened fire — in front of the jury — hitting the defendant in the chest.

“I believe he was shot in the chest multiple times,” Dressen said.

The judge immediately called a mistrial, reporting jurors were visibly shaken, and the assailant was taken to a nearby hospital.

“The Marshals did an exceptional job. They stopped the threat to the witness,” Dressen said.

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