7 May 2012

Samoa police say investigations continue following fatal shootout

7:41 pm on 7 May 2012

Police investigations are continuing in Samoa after three officers were shot when they approached a house in a village suspected of being involved in cultivating drugs.

The officers were wounded during a drug raid in the early hours of this morning at Faleatiu village near Apia, while a man from the village was killed when police returned fire.

The officers were taken to Tupua Tamasese Meaole hospital, where one has serious injuries and the other two are recovering from moderate wounds.

Our correspondent Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia says the officers were still in their vehicles when they were first shot at.

"More than 30 police officers were involved because this is a particular village that police have been looking at especially this family of many reports of an operation of cultivation of narcotics. The police were armed during the raid because they knew this was a different raid altogether from other drug raids."

Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia says no arrests have been made yet in connection with the shootings.