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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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    rwohlsein

    about 4 years ago

    76 Comments

    You have to be kidding me! What a ridiculous and dangerous law! Its even more sad that its going to take a decorated officer to die. There should have been no reason for them to be unarmed.

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    mjones0089

    about 4 years ago

    408 Comments

    What a shame.........unarmed. RIP

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    jortives1969

    about 4 years ago

    1686 Comments

    R.I.P

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    captainbud

    about 4 years ago

    420 Comments

    Rest in peace, brother. May God bless your family and friends.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    Rest in Peace Detective, Lt. Brown. My Prayers are for your family, friends and coworkers.

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    Stgeorgecop

    about 4 years ago

    112 Comments

    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning
    We will remember them.

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    Straightshooter

    about 4 years ago

    1708 Comments

    Rest in Peace detective, Lt. Lusila Brown. My Prayers for your Family, friends and coworkers.

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    SULLYMAN

    about 4 years ago

    492 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother

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    boritico

    about 4 years ago

    928 Comments

    R.I.P.B.

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    Grafton817

    about 4 years ago

    734 Comments

    RIP detective

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    aussie4

    about 4 years ago

    5328 Comments

    when innocent people, civilians or not, are not allowed to protect themselves, then the bad guys win as do the insane etc., it should be a God given right to protect one's life and their families. The bad guys hesitate to attack/confront innocent people when they think they might fight to the death back. God Bless Leo Brown and his family.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    God Bless you and rest in peace.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    RIP LT.

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    cassityblue

    about 4 years ago

    68 Comments

    What sense does it make that Lt. Brown was providing securityand was not allowed to be armed. That territorial law needs to be changed. Police Officers should always always always be armed. This is another senseless loss of life that sickens me.

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    cdo352

    about 4 years ago

    750 Comments

    RIP Lt.

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