FARGO, ND (AP) – Federal authorities say a man tried in Fargo, North Dakota, cut his throat in a courtroom on Monday and died.
U.S. Marshal of North Dakota Dallas Carlson said the incident happened after jurors returned a partial conviction against a man who was facing terrorism charges. Carlson said the man had a sharp tool that may have been made of plastic.
Carlson said jurors had left the courtroom, but U.S. District Judge Peter Welt, courtroom officials and others witnessed the incident. Judicial guards and deputy chiefs tried to save lives in the courtroom.
FBI spokesman Kevin Smith said the man had been acquitted on one charge and found guilty on the other charge and was about to be arrested.
“You did self-harm after hearing the verdict and after the jurors left the courtroom,”
He did not know on what charge the man was convicted.
Court documents show that last week Welte presided over a court hearing for a man from North Dakota who was accused of reckless threat and assault, which is alleged to have run over someone with a jeep. He also faced a terrorist charge on charges of brandishing a weapon.
On Monday, Welte filed a court document approving the jury’s meals during the discussions.
Welt did not return a message left in his cell on Thursday.
Smith said the FBI has launched an investigation.
“We need to officially document what happened today in the federal courtroom,” he said.
“We have all the questions you have. What was the sharp object, how did he get into the courtroom, these questions, what did people see him do. “