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Two Alaska Troopers Shot, Killed in Remote Village

May 02, 2014  | 

(L-R) Trooper Gabriel "Gabe" Rich and Trooper Sgt. Patrick "Scott" Johnson
Photos: Alaska Department of Public Safety
(L-R) Trooper Gabriel "Gabe" Rich and Trooper Sgt. Patrick "Scott" Johnson 
Photos: Alaska Department of Public Safety

Two Alaska State Troopers were killed in the Yukon River village of Tanana Thursday while conducting an investigation, said a troopers spokeswoman.  

The troopers were identified as Sgt. Patrick "Scott" Johnson and Trooper Gabriel "Gabe" Rich, both members of the Fairbanks Rural Service Unit, the Anchorage Daily News reports. 

Johnson and Rich had gone to Tanana Thursday to follow up on a report that a suspect had brandished a firearm in the village the night before, said Megan Peters, troopers spokeswoman. 

According to an agency press release, two men have been taken into custody in Tanana by the Alaska State Troopers.

Nathanial Lee Kangas, 19, of Tanana, is under arrest for the murder of Troopers Johnson and Rich. Formal charges for Nathanial Kangas are being prepared by the Alaska State Troopers with the help of the Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals.

Arvin Morse Kangas, 58, also of Tanana, was charged with assault in the fourth degree and driving with a license revoked. These charges stem from an incident with a Tanana village public safety officer (VPSO) on April 30, 2014.

Tags: Officer Down, Alaska State Troopers, Duty Deaths, Alaska


Comments (6)

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Sarge @ 5/2/2014 4:09 PM

Rest easy, Brothers. We'll take it from here.

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Ima Leprechaun @ 5/2/2014 6:53 PM

Rest in Peace.

Retired NY Boss @ 5/2/2014 7:26 PM

These men and women have probably the toughest and at the same time best job in LE.
Rest in Peace brothers. God speed to your loved ones.

Kurt Peckenschneider @ 5/2/2014 10:50 PM

So very sorry for the loss of these Troopers. They will no doubt be missed by their brethren and the citizens of the state of Alaska.

Roger J. Ryder @ 5/3/2014 4:31 AM

A tragic day for two of Alaska's finest public servants. May peace and calm find it's way into the countless lives that are forever changed by such an evil act. God protect and hold close the families, friends, communities and state of Alaska. RIP brothers and thank you for your service.

Tom Rafferty Jr #936(reti @ 5/3/2014 9:40 AM

Ironically, they lost their lives I the line of duty just two weeks before Police
Memorial Week. May these two Heroes Rest in the Peace of the Lord. They have now earned their wings!! Now they can watch over us. St Michael the Archangel, watch over us.

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