Alaska State Troopers Shot Dead in Remote Village
Few details available on deaths of 2 troopers
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 2, 2014 8:28 AM CDT
A postcard of Tanana, Alaska's Front Street.   (Wikimedia Commons)

(Newser) – Two Alaska State Troopers who had appeared in a television show about Alaska officers on the job have been shot and killed during an investigation in a remote village. Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters identified the two killed yesterday in Tanana as Trooper Gabriel "Gabe" Rich and Sgt. Patrick "Scott" Johnson. The troopers had gone to Tanana to follow up on a Wednesday night report that someone "had brandished a firearm in the village," Peters said. Troopers have released few details about the violence in the isolated community, other than saying one person has been detained. But Ruby Cruger said the shooting happened at her aunt's home on Tanana's Front Street just about 3pm. She said her aunt wasn't home at the time, but a relative of her aunt shot the troopers inside the home.

Peters confirmed that Rich had been featured on the National Geographic show Alaska State Troopers, and said Johnson might have also appeared but couldn't immediately confirm that. (According to IMDB, he did appear.) The show's website says it follows "one of the toughest law enforcement agencies in the nation" and adds, "Responding by land, air, and sea—with backup sometimes days away—these troopers patrol hundreds of miles of rugged terrain in bone-chilling temperatures to protect the people and wildlife of Alaska." Rich and Johnson worked out of the troopers' Fairbanks rural service unit. No roads lead to Tanana, which is located about 130 miles west of Fairbanks, and travel there is mainly by aircraft. Residents live a largely subsistence lifestyle.

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May 5, 2014 2:08 AM CDT
The man still must be proven guilty, but if he is guilty, Scripture (the word of God: KJV) states clearly that a murder must be murdered 490 times. - Eternity is an extremely possessive and an ever-retaining Territory.
Lou Bernardo
May 2, 2014 2:48 PM CDT
Some residents obviously know who did it. Give the town 24 hours to talk or bull doze the whole town.
Ezekiel 25:17
May 2, 2014 11:03 AM CDT
We yearn for that simple life. I have the complete set of, "Northern Exposure." It was way before its time and ended too soon. The state trooper makes her rounds every few months and catches up on warrants and tickets. Used snowmobiles are $1500 and Morty the moose walks freely through the streets of Cicily Alaska. Pirate radio station KBHR provides an eclectic/philosophical look into the souls of the people and Chris the DJ/commentator. I got to attend a special studio screening of, "Democracy in America" where Chris observes the first election in Cicily. The producer, director, and editor were present along with Elane Miles who plays Marilyn. You could mostly ask her yes or no questions because if you wanted her to say more, she would reply, "I don't know" or just sit there and look at you. We couldn't figure out if she was in character or if she was really that introverted. What made the show so great was the production values. Each episode was shot like a one hour movie.