Man Allegedly Kills 2 Troopers, Says 'Sorry'
Nathanial Kangas shot troopers who came to arrest his dad
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 4, 2014 2:13 PM CDT
This undated photo released by the Department of Public Safety shows Sgt. Patrick "Scott" Johnson.   (Uncredited)

(Newser) – As two state troopers struggled to arrest his father, a 19-year-old man armed himself with an assault rifle and shot them seven times, killing them outside his home in a remote Alaska village, authorities said in charges filed yesterday. Nathanial Lee Kangas appeared in a Fairbanks court two days after Trooper Gabriel "Gabe" Rich and 45-year-old Sgt. Patrick "Scott" Johnson were shot to death. He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and a count of third-degree assault. Bail was set at $2 million, and he faces more than 200 years in prison if convicted, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports.

After bail was set, the judge asked Kangas if he had anything to say regarding the bail. After a long pause, Kangas replied only, "I'm sorry." Officers hugged and consoled each other at the hearing. The troopers had gone to arrest Kangas' father for driving with a revoked license and for misdemeanor assault; according to authorities, the father had driven his car while appearing drunk, challenged a public officer to a fight, and threatened to shoot him with a rifle. Kangas apologized when he was arrested, saying he "shot troopers because the troopers were wrestling" with his father.

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BCS
May 5, 2014 1:06 PM CDT
I'm not willing to judge this man without all the facts. Police can be very dangerous people. If they entered the home illegally, and were viciously attacking the man to settle some personal score for challenging one of them to a fight, then I could see a defense. Not saying that's what happened, but there are other instances where people have been hurt, and murdered by police because they were afraid to defend themselves against them.
SJay
May 5, 2014 6:33 AM CDT
Wonder if the father will go down as an accomplice. He was definitely complicet in this crime.
SPHeroid
May 4, 2014 9:01 PM CDT
So this nineteen year kld destroys four lives (including his own); devastates at least four families and you righties see him as some kind of hero?..... What is with you people?.....