9 May 2012

Samoa police adamant family fired shots first

2:23 pm on 9 May 2012

The police in Samoa are adamant that they were shot at first during an attempted drug raid in a village early Monday morning, which left one man dead.

Three police officers were wounded by gunfire during the operation in Faleatiu village near Apia, and returned fire in defence.

But the head of the family of the dead man claims the police fired shots at the house without warning and says they didn't have any weapons to use against the police.

But the Assistant Police Commissioner Leaupepe Fatu Pula disagrees.

"We suspect that the family were aware given how they reacted to police on arrival. They say that they don't have weapons but the fact remains that they shot at the police first and that's how three officers were injured in the process."

Leaupepe Fatu Pula says police haven't been back to the village yet but have questioned some family members over the phone.