21 Jun 2012

Police raid at village in Samoa linked to last month's fatal shootout

7:26 pm on 21 June 2012

The police in Samoa believe a family involved in a shootout last month could have buried the guns at a neighbouring village.

The police carried out a raid at Tuvao, a village on Upolu, early this morning based on information from the public.

Last month, there was a shootout between police and a family in the neighboring village of Faleatiu in which a local man was killed.

The family denied that they shot at police, claiming they didn't have any guns, while the police are still waiting on information to determine whether the fatal bullet came from a police issued gun.

The Assistant Commissioner of Police, Leaupepe Fatu Pula, says while they did not find the guns they were looking for at Tuvao, they did uncover other contraband.

"The search recovered point 22 type rifles, marijuana, and several other items we suspect are stolen property."

Leaupepe says they still suspect a link between the families in Faleatiu and Tuvao and will continue to search for the guns they believe were used during last month's shootout.