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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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    ERIC4536

    over 3 years ago

    534 Comments

    Rest in Peace.

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    Eilene

    over 3 years ago

    18372 Comments

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Lt. Lusila Brown and his brothers and sisters in Law Enforcement. May he rest in peace.

    "In The Line of Duty"

    What is the meaning of "In The Line Of Duty"
    It means that an officer made the Ultimate sacrifice.
    It means that someone took an officer's life.
    A hero has fallen.

    Officers who gave their all
    To protect and serve
    Have been killed by someone whom they swore
    To protect and serve.

    It means that their badge will no longer be on their chest
    And they will join
    "The Best Of The Best"

    It means that family and friends are left behind
    To deal with the lost of a loved one.
    Only having the memories of that loved one
    Close to their hearts.
    Something no one can ever take away.

    It means that family members will stand at the officers grave
    And wonder why ...
    Why would someone take an officer's life
    And leave them there to die?
    If we only knew.

    Today an officer will place their badge on their chest
    To fulfill the dreams of heroes killed
    "In The Line Of Duty"

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    Michele

    In Memory Of All Police Officers Who Have
    Been Called To Make The Ultimate Sacrifice

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    Inxorte

    over 3 years ago

    734 Comments

    RIPB

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    ap4190

    over 3 years ago

    232 Comments

    rest in peace

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    nitesi

    over 3 years ago

    136 Comments

    May he rest in piece!!! Unarmed police.
    Let's take away our military weapons when we're in their country fighting.

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    CAZ

    over 3 years ago

    1428 Comments

    RIP Sir you will not be forgotten. Thank you for your service. My prayers to your family, friends, department and community.

    Another HERO lost!

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    rsironron

    over 3 years ago

    5220 Comments

    Rest in Peace my brother.

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    wildsoldier

    over 3 years ago

    1246 Comments

    RIP Brother.... Prayers go out to the family and friends... Maybe this will change some policies....

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    revCCBeasley

    over 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    No Firearm? Rest my Brother, as we try to understand. I pray for the family and those concerned.

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    darsavmo

    over 3 years ago

    11344 Comments

    RIP... US LE may be unarmed soon...

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    boatdrnk32

    over 3 years ago

    120 Comments

    When guns are outlawed..................Well you know the rest. RIP Lt. Brown.

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    buck

    over 3 years ago

    1290 Comments

    God Bless you and rest in peace.

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    philfroggy

    over 3 years ago

    1564 Comments

    Unbelievable, Rest in peace brother

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    Shadowman_691

    over 3 years ago

    5116 Comments

    Coming to a City near You, if Clinton, the U.N., & Company get their way...
    R.I.P. L T !!!!!!!!!

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    DarkBlue

    over 3 years ago

    4880 Comments

    NOT ARMED ??????? AYFKM ?????

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