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2 Alaska Officers Killed; Incident Triggers Standoff

2 Alaska Officers Killed; Incident Triggers Standoff

Hoonah Police Dept. officers Tony Wallace, left, and officer Matt Tokuoka. Bob Prunella, acting city administrator for the village of Hoonah, says the officers died after a shooting late Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010. (AP)

Associated Press

August 30, 2010

Wallace was originally from Ohio and one of the few hard-of-hearing officers in the nation, according to officials at Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York, where he attended the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. He also was a wrestler and was inducted into the RIT Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.

He first joined the Hoonah police force in 2006, leaving for personal reasons after seven months, according to a September 2009 interview in the RIT University News. He rejoined the department in 2008, where he served as the small department’s evidence officer, and was recently designated as a breath-test maintenance technician.

“I have had tremendous support from my fellow police officers and have gained their confidence by proving every day that a person with my hearing deficiency poses no problems on the job,” Wallace said in the RIT interview. “I have always believed that I could do the job of a police officer and here I am.”

According to the law enforcement networking website http://www.usacops.com, Tokuoka was a former Marine Corps staff sergeant who served in special operations. The Hawaii native had been with the department since spring 2009.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Rest easy Officers Wallace and Tokuoka. Thank each of you for your services. God be with families, friends and co - employees. Bless them with the strength that is needed to overcome the lost of love ones. Amen

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    Collegecop_WA

    almost 4 years ago

    2380 Comments

    Rest in peace my brothers, may God comfort the loved ones you leave behind.

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    philfroggy

    almost 4 years ago

    1564 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brothers

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    95Zcar

    almost 4 years ago

    3992 Comments

    Two more Warriors go to God; Blessing on their families, friends and co-workers!

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    redscropian

    almost 4 years ago

    30 Comments

    Prunella mother was with her son for a ride along. Our hearts here in Alaska goes out to there families, both personal and professional. May we pray that they both heal and remember they faced danger everyday and will be rewarded for their love of the job in heaven.

  • shadow_officer

    almost 4 years ago

    8572 Comments

    very sad day in law enforcement.....RIP brothers

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    BearKlaw

    almost 4 years ago

    228 Comments

    So sad. Rest in peace my brothers!

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    SULLYMAN

    almost 4 years ago

    492 Comments

    Rest in peace brother

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    SULLYMAN

    almost 4 years ago

    492 Comments

    Rest in peace brother

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    dcrump

    almost 4 years ago

    192 Comments

    R.I.P. our law enforcement brothers!

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    garmart

    almost 4 years ago

    248 Comments

    I hope that they hang the skum bag. Rest in peace my brothers, God bless .

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    buck

    almost 4 years ago

    1290 Comments

    God Bless and rest in peace.

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    Sheepdog1

    almost 4 years ago

    480 Comments

    RIP brothers

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    WACollector

    almost 4 years ago

    764 Comments

    Rest In Peace, Brothers.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Rest in Peace, Sergeant Wallace and Officer Tokuoka. May God comfort and bless your families and friends.

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