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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

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    RIP Lt. Brown. What a jacked-up place...oh no, LEOs can't carry firearms, but dirtbags can. WTF?!!
    I'll add American Samoa to my list of places NEVER to visit.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    May you rest in peace

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    This F* bull....this officer did not have to die like that. He should have been given the chance to defend himself at all cost. WTF... it seems like police officer in pago pago are just security officers at best. Also one more thing, if you look at other sites you can see multiple pics of the detective shot once, and fell to the ground then shot again while on the ground.

  • 020_max50


    about 4 years ago


    If you represent the law,you should be able to at all cost..We cant throw bullets back in selfdefence or to protect other it doesnt work like that. R.I.P.Lt. Brown.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    Rest in peace Lt. Brown. God Bless and strengthen the family. Amen

  • Draped_badge_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Ditto Robo No Guns No Uniform...Rest in Peace

  • 1979_max50


    about 4 years ago


    The Officers of American Samoa should be given the necessary training to carry firearms. I have known many native Samoans and also worked with them. On average they are large and powerful peoplle and frankly I woulod not want to have to deal with them while unarmed. RIP my brother Brown.

  • Badge__hat_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I will never understand why on earth a law enforcement officer would ever be unarmed while on duty. Any jurisdiction that requires such should be disbanded and replaced. RIP

  • Pa_iii_frank_dimiceli_01_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Rest In Peace Brother,,,MAY JUSTICE BE SWIFT AND HARD

  • Img00039_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Godspeed Condolences to Family And Friends...Since when did the criminals fail to obey the law !! Thank God for the Lobbyists to save us firm the bought and paid for politicians!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    RIP maybe now they will change this policy. Bandits have no respect for laws or rules but they will study and know them to complete their task. My prayers extend out to the officer's family......

  • 10_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Ahhhhh! This makes so much sense. LEO's can't be armed, but perps can. Hello wake up people

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    I would NEVER go to a place that police are not allowed to carry firearms, it's STUPID!! and I LOVE TO TRAVEL!! Shows ignorance of the country leaders. Come on, it's the 21st. century, get your LEOs trained and have a safer country knowing that your police can protect whomever and not stand there and be killed like ducks in a bathtub!! God Bless that fallen officer and his family!!!

  • Image_max50


    about 4 years ago


    This is a traggic example of how a police officer's life could have been saved if they were provided the NECESSASRY equipment that all police officers should possess no matter what their location or assignment! Prayers to the family...RIP brother...

  • Mwg_-_copy_max50


    about 4 years ago


    dhuitt; there's the rub - ("Police officers are not required to carry firearms in the performance of their normal duties. However, police officers are authorized by statute to carry firearms, providing they have completed firearms training and are certified by a competent authority.") Is the training offered to the officers and who determines who is a competent authority?

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