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Detective With Unarmed Police Force Fatally Shot

Detective With Unarmed Police Force Fatally Shot

Siaumau Siaumau Jr., middle, screams while a court marshal and police officers, try to restrain him after he fatally shot Det. Lt. Lusila Brown on Thursday, July 22, 2010 in Pago Pago, American Samoa. (AP)

AP via YellowBrix

July 23, 2010

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) —A man who had just attended a relative’s court hearing fatally shot a veteran police officer outside the courthouse, then stood over the fallen detective and fired two more times as officers and several reporters were nearby, police officials said.

The detective, Lt. Lusila Brown, was providing security at the Thursday afternoon hearing. The alleged shooter, Siaumau Siaumau Jr., apparently knew Brown and was heard asking the detective for a chance to talk as they left the temporary High Court building in the U.S. territory, witnesses said.

Siaumau then pulled a handgun from a small bag under his armpit and fired at the 44-year-old Brown from several feet away, police said.

Siaumau was subdued by court marshals and other police officers. A second officer was wounded during the shooting, but the injuries weren’t considered life threatening, authorities said.

Brown, the father of two, had served on the police force for about 16 years. He was unarmed — under territorial law, police officers aren’t allowed to carry guns.

Police Commissioner Tuaolo M. Fruean said the shooting was a prime example of why police officers should be armed.

The last time a police officer in American Samoa died in the line of duty was 15 years ago, when an officer drowned after saving a teenager from rough seas.

Officials in Pago Pago couldn’t recall the last time an officer had been shot.

Listen to audio of the actual shooting: Windows Media Player


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    2386

    almost 3 years ago

    250 Comments

    REST IN PEACE

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    kaleihuaz

    almost 3 years ago

    32 Comments

    although i don't agree with the fact that police go unarmed ANYWHERE, Samoa is a culture all it's own rich in tradition and respect.......things like this are not common there and i can only imagine the shame that falls on the shooters family and the pain on both sides. It's been a year and I pray the families are healing and that the shooter got his appropriate punishment.

  • Car6_max50

    Ahi

    almost 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    R.I.P., prayers to family and friends.

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    Sheepdog1

    almost 4 years ago

    480 Comments

    RIP brother

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    R.I.P. Brother

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    granny1

    almost 4 years ago

    1448 Comments

    rest in peace.so very sad.

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    ksphatcop

    almost 4 years ago

    1744 Comments

    Rest in Peace

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    RKEENAN

    almost 4 years ago

    572 Comments

    'All Give Some....Some Give All'.

    RIP Lt. Lusila Brown.

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    WACollector

    almost 4 years ago

    764 Comments

    Rest In Peace, Brother.

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    eisenschenk117

    almost 4 years ago

    216 Comments

    R.I.P.

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    t1401hm

    almost 5 years ago

    1754 Comments

    Unarmed police force? Good Lord.... Now I've heard it all. .........For real?? What an idiotic law....

    They've always said that airplane laws are written because someone had to die in order for the law to change it. I hope this poor officer is the ONLY one that had to suffer this terrible fate for people in this backwards section of the world to realize the need to arm their officers.

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    batman2944

    almost 5 years ago

    738 Comments

    Also, a big COMMENDATION to the brave (UNARMED!!) Marshals and Officers who confronted and subdued this nut......I pray that they provide the tools and training for you to ptotect yourselves and the public without such an UNFAIR disadvantage....Stay safe!

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    batman2944

    almost 5 years ago

    738 Comments

    Simply Tragic....and Senseless!! Rest in Peace Lt. God Bless....

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    bsibley

    about 4 years ago

    620 Comments

    Rest in Peace Lt. Brown. My prayers to your family and fellow officers during this difficult time.

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    MP247

    about 4 years ago

    332 Comments

    Rest in Peace Detective Lt Brown

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