FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Law enforcement officers from as far away as Florida are mourning the loss of two Alaska state troopers killed earlier this month in a remote village while trying to make an arrest.
A memorial for Sgt. Scott Johnson and Trooper Gabe Rich began with a procession and a drum cadence at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks on Saturday.
Col. James Cockrell, head of the Alaska State Troopers, says Johnson and Rich touched many lives during their careers, and their deaths will strengthen the bonds between law-enforcement officers.
A Fairbanks grand jury on Thursday indicted 20-year-old Nathanial "Satch" Kangas on two counts of first-degree murder in the May 1 deaths Johnson and Rich, who were assigned to rural law enforcement in 23 remote communities. The officers had flown to Tanana to arrest Kangas' father.