18 Sep 2015

Samoa police investigate child's death

4:39 pm on 18 September 2015

Police in Samoa are investigating the death of an eight-year-old child after a rifle he found in a family home was accidentally fired, killing him instantly.

The police say another child, who is a cousin of the dead boy, was also present at the time of the incident.

The Police Commissioner, Egon Keil, says there is information from the family that the child was playing with the rifle.

He says people who own guns must take responsibility to ensure their guns are kept in a safe place.