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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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    rcs2052

    about 4 years ago

    182 Comments

    rip

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    OFFICER_K_CPD

    about 4 years ago

    2296 Comments

    RIP.

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    AKangel

    about 4 years ago

    4974 Comments

    Rest in Peace Lt. Lusila Brown, Thank you for your service

    UNBELIEVABLE! Officers can not carry Guns, No one can carry guns in American Samoa, Looks as though the bad guys Don't play by the rules. I'm shocked...

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    dhuitt

    about 4 years ago

    222 Comments

    RIP Detective.

    I did a little research on the laws in American Samoa. Here's something I found: "The Territory of American Samoa does not allow handguns on the island. 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."

    From handgunlaw.us: "American Samoa does not honor any other state Permits/Licenses. American Samoa does not issue permits to carry firearms. No carry allowed in American Samoa. Carrying of a loaded firearm of any type in a vehicle is illegal. Carry anywhere in Samoa is illegal. (LEO’s falling under the LEOSA most likely could carry)."

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    MeanStreets949

    about 4 years ago

    2318 Comments

    A cop who is unarmed is trouble waiting for an excuse. An armed police officer is a more effective deterrent than an unarmed one. RIP to this Detective and God grant His grace to her family.

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    Chapman38

    about 4 years ago

    622 Comments

    RIP Brother.. prayers for your family and friends.

    Because you don't want cops to have guns and go knock over 7/11's while they're on duty of course..

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    KAICHARESE

    about 4 years ago

    2762 Comments

    RIP

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    chiefkcr

    about 4 years ago

    3614 Comments

    RIP Brother. GOD be with you and yours.

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    jims4

    about 4 years ago

    2610 Comments

    Now Officials in Pago Pago will recall the last time an officer was shot. The very people who are sworn to protect us, and themselves, from criminals with guns are not allowed to carry guns. Something wrong with that picture. Rest in Peace Lt. Brown. Thank You for your courageous service. Your family is in my prayers.

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    excop23260

    about 4 years ago

    796 Comments

    Rest in Peace, Lt. Brown; job well done! Commissioner Fruean sounds like he is on to something positive here. Hey, - do WHAT? - "under territorial law, police officers aren't allowed to carry guns...."? Guess it's good we have Obamma as Pres., so that law won't get changed anytime soon. Another decent hero's life wasted for nothing because of wrong laws. THAT is the real crime here. Whats next, execution is also illegal?

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    rafaelmorales

    about 4 years ago

    2994 Comments

    RIP MY BROTHER...MY QUESTION IS WHY ARENT POLICE OFFICERS ALLOWED TO CARRY THERE GUNS. IN NYC WE ALWAYS CARRY OUR GUNS OFF DUTY IF WE WANT AND IF WERE IN COURT WE ARE ALLOWED INTO THE COURST WITH IT. IF ANY ONE KNOWS WHY THEY CANT . PLEASE TELL ME

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    carlitoso2

    about 4 years ago

    786 Comments

    R.I.P my prayer to the Family

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    taterhead

    about 4 years ago

    120 Comments

    all police ofc. should be armed

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    mkiprotection

    about 4 years ago

    2384 Comments

    RIP and prayers to the family.

    He was unarmed — under territorial law, police officers aren’t allowed to carry guns. WOW!

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    DALLASCRANE

    about 4 years ago

    19382 Comments

    Det. Lt. Lusila Brown RIP

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