26 Year Old from Paia Savaii Dies of Gunshot Wounds

"..there was a loud bang heard by neighbors on Saturday night, followed by voices of family members screaming.."

File Photo: Deputy Police Commissioner Papalii Monalisa Tiai-Keti at a press conference with local media, 2023.

Translated from FaaSamoa. A 26 year old man from the inland village of Paia in the Gagaifomauga district of Savaii was found dead in his home on Saturday night 24th February 2024.

Deputy Commissioner Papalii Monalisa Tiai-Keti said Savaii Police were notified on Saturday night.

The man died of what is suspected to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Papalii says Police have possession of a 12 gauge shotgun suspected to have been used.

A source from the village told Samoa Global News there was a loud bang heard by neighbors on Saturday night, followed by family members screaming when they discovered the young man.

He said he was aware of the family’s gun, often used for chasing wild boars when they would go hunting inland

The Police and Ambulance were called to the site, but the 26 year old had died at the scene.

Deputy Commissioner Papalii says the man’s body is being held at Tuasivi District Hospital morgue until Police investigations are complete.


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