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

(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.

This undated photo released by the Department of Public Safety shows Sgt. Patrick "Scott" Johnson.   (Uncredited)
Nathanial Kangas is brought into the courtroom for his arraignment at the Rabinowitz Courthouse in Fairbanks, Alaska Saturday afternoon, May 3, 2014.   (AP Photo/Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Eric Engman)
This undated photo released by the Department of Public Safety shows Alaska State Trooper Gabriel "Gabe" Rich.   (Uncredited)
This May 2, 2014 photo shows the house at the scene of the fatal shooting of Alaska State Trooper Sergeant Patrick "Scott" Johnson and Trooper Gabriel "Gabe" Rich in the village of Tanana, Alaska/   (Eric Engman)
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