Detective Lieutenant Lusila Brown American Samoa Department of Public Safety American Samoa End of Watch: Thursday, July 22, 2010

 

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Detective Lieutenant Lusila Brown
American Samoa Department of Public Safety
American Samoa

End of Watch: Thursday, July 22, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 44
Tour of Duty: 19 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Thursday, July 22, 2010
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Apprehended

Detective Lieutenant Lusila Brown was shot and killed while on duty in Paga Pago at the American Samoa High Court Building.
Lieutenant Brown was providing security at the courthouse. A man had just been found not guilty of assault and weapons charges. As Lieutenant Brown stood guard in front of the courthouse, a member of the defendant’s family approached him, drew a handgun and fired numerous shots, killing Detective Brown.
The suspect was taken into custody by other officers and faces murder charges.
At the time of Lieutenant Brown’s murder, police officers in American Samoa were not permitted to be armed by territorial law.
Detective Lieutenant Brown had served with the American Samoa Department of Public Safety for 19 years.

Agency Contact Information
American Samoa Department of Public Safety
Fagatogo Police Station
Pago Pago, AS 96799
Phone: (684) 633-1111
Please contact the American Samoa Department of Public Safety for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

The citizens of Pago Pago, American Samoa, were shocked to hear the news of a veteran police officer being shot by a man who attended a relative’s court hearing. The frightful incident happened last Thursday when the alleged shooter Siaumau Siaumau Jr. shot the detective Lt. Lusila Brown, then stood over him and fired two more times. The police officers said that the officials and the reporters were the witnesses for this horrified murder.

The detective, Lt. Lusila Brown was one of the security officers at the Thursday afternoon hearing. The witnesses of the murder says that the killer Siaumau Siaumau Jr. knew the detective the witnesses heard him asking the detective for a chance to talk. They left the temporary High School Building in the U.S. territory but suddenly like a bolt from the blue the killer pulled a handgun from his bag and shot the detective to death. The police officers present on the scene stopped the killer but during the shooting a second officer was also wounded. He was taken to the custody just after the incident.

The victim Lt. Lusila Brown was unarmed because the territorial law forbids the police officers to carry guns. The Police Commissioner Tuaolo M. Fruean said the shooting is a prime example of why the police officers should be armed. Lt. Lusila Brown was one of the officers who investigated several cases which involved the killer’s family. The police says that this might be the case of hatred from the killer for the police officer as because of the latter the accused killer’s family member was behind bars.

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2 Responses to “Detective Lieutenant Lusila Brown American Samoa Department of Public Safety American Samoa End of Watch: Thursday, July 22, 2010”


  1. 1 Michael August 13, 2010 at 17:09

    To;Tualo M. Fruean-American Samoa. get at least some vests for your officers.

    The traditional practice of the officers being unarmed is honorable, however, we are now living in a different time where honor is not as prevalent as we know it.

  2. 2 DEEH-JAY December 1, 2011 at 23:36

    I THINK IT’S BEST IF OUR LOCAL POLICES BE ARMED EVERY SINGLE TIME THEY ARE ON DUTY BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT HAPPEN IF THEY AREN’T ARMED MANY POLICES MIGHT GET KILLED AND HURT BUT ITS BETTER IF THEY BE ARMED EVERY TIME SO THAT THEY MAY BE SAFE AND BE PROTECTED WHILE ON DUTY.


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