Father and Son Shot Dead after Land Dispute In Savaii – Police Have Suspect in Custody

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Village of Fogapoa, Savaii. PC: Kuki Co Ltd.

24 June 2022, Apia Samoa. Police have arrested a man in his 50s, suspected of the double murder of a father and son in what villagers say was a land dispute in Fogapoa, Savaii.

Deputy Police Commissioner Auapaau Logoitino Filipo told Samoa Global News the father was in his 60s, while his son was just 18 years old.

The suspect, who turned himself in, has been charged with two counts of murder and will be transferred to the Police Headquarters in Upolu to await his first appearance in Court.

Auapaau said police are now also in possession of the suspected murder weapon.

“O lea ua i lima o leoleo le laau malosi o loo masalomia i lenei faalavelave.”

The Deputy Commissioner has also confirmed that a third victim from the same family was wounded. A daughter-in-law of the father who has died was also caught in the cross-fire and is recovering in hospital.