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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

ANCHORAGE, Alaska—A standoff was under way Sunday in a tiny southeast Alaska village after a man fatally shot two of the village’s four full-time police officers the night before, then barricaded himself in his home, local officials said.

Hoonah police officers Tony Wallace and Matt Tokuoka died after the shooting late Saturday, said Bob Prunella, acting city administrator. Prunella didn’t know what led to the shooting but said it was witnessed by Wallace’s mother, who was visiting from Florida, and Tokuoka’s wife and children.

The suspect, 45-year-old John Marvin Jr., barricaded himself in his home, and Alaska State Troopers and other law enforcement agencies were at the scene, authorities said.

There was no sign of a quick end to the standoff, Prunella said Sunday evening.

“This could go on for a while,” he said. “They really want to get him alive.”

Troopers were urging residents in the shoreline community of about 800 to stay away from the area.

“Sadly, two police officers lost their lives. We hope to end this standoff without any further tragedy,” Col. Audie Holloway, head of the troopers, said in a statement.

Tokuoka left the home of his father-in-law, George Martin, just before the shooting. The 39-year-old officer was off-duty and had spent the evening there before leaving with his wife and two children, Martin said.

Soon after they left, Martin heard two shots. Wallace went down and Tokuoka told his wife and children to get away and then he was shot as well, Martin said.

“I imagine he was trying to administer help to this other officer when he got hit,” Martin said.

Prunella didn’t know how Wallace’s mother happened to witness the shooting.

Wallace, 32, died during surgery in Juneau, 40 miles east of Hoonah, and Tokuoka died early Sunday at a clinic in the Native village, according to Martin.

“The whole town’s in shock,” he said. “I’ve been getting calls all day. It’s a bad situation.”

Martin said his home is just a block and a half from Marvin’s. He didn’t know why the officers were ambushed but said police have had run-ins with Marvin in the past. He said Marvin lives alone.

Alaska State Troopers were leading a multi-agency response, and spokeswoman Megan Peters said a warrant was issued for Marvin’s arrest. The Coast Guard transported the Juneau Police Department’s SWAT team to the village, Peters said.

Prunella said the deaths leave the Tlingit community with just two full-time officers — the police chief and a trainee. He said the southeast Alaska town of Wrangell sent some officers to help out as needed.

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  • Garita2_max50


    almost 5 years ago



  • 12235_sq90_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    RIP My Brothers, GOD be with you and yours.

  • 375956_401447159923274_1109023972_n_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Sergeant Tony Wallace and Officer Matthew Tokuoka, and their brothers and sisters in Law Enforcement. May they rest in peace.

    "A Patrolman's Departure"

    They are standing straight and stoic, they are standing glove-to-glove,
    It is raining, it is freezing, but they stand for pain and love.
    Their hat-brims hide the hatred and the torture in their eyes,
    They cannot help but feel the void when one of their own dies.

    The service now is over and the widow staggers out,
    All arms now at attention as the bagpipes cry and shout.
    Flag-draped casket on six shoulders, could this day get any worse?
    A salute's the silent answer as they load him in the hearse.

    The speeches done, the songs are sung, it's time now for a ride,
    The cortege is enormous, like a head-of-state has died,
    The lights roll infinitum and the grief is crawling past,
    Us citizens just stand there, we are watching to the last.

    We wonder at the pagentry, our heads shake in despair,
    We think, as the three-shot volley pierces through the morning air,
    "Oh, this didn't have to happen, what an awful tragic day,"
    "In this sea of hurt and anguish, how will Justice find its way?"

    But as the ranks disperse and as they trudge back to their cars,
    We know that for the killer await four walls of iron bars.
    They'll put aside their grief just like they're trained so well to do,
    For even crafty killers can't evade this mass of blue.

    So the funeral has ended, and the mayor has gone home,
    I've heard some people question, "are we well within the zone,"
    "To put on such a costly show for cops just pounding pavement?"
    But how can we sit 'round and judge a slain cop's final payment?

    To say it's inappropriate, to question it with scorn,
    Shows that you know nothing of the target that is worn,
    On every good cop's shirt or vest, on every trooper's heart,
    It calls out like a bull's-eye, it is simply called the badge.

    Gabriel L. Nathan

    Used with Special Permission of the Author

    Rest in Peace, Sergeant Wallace and Officer Tokuoka...You may now stand-down.


  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 5 years ago


    Rest in peace, brothers. May God comfort and bless your families and friends.

  • Grpd_patrol_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    Go with God, Brothers....We'll take it from here

  • 100_0405_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    R.I.P fellow brothers. My heart goes out to the mother of Sgt Wallace and the family members of Ofc. Tokuoka. A sad ending to two great men.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 5 years ago


    RIP prayers for both your families and friend and your community

  • Hpim0324_max50


    almost 5 years ago



  • Us_army_helmet_steel_pot_woodland_camo_small_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    I hope if the shooter is still held out, he doesn't harm anyone else. This is a terrible story.

  • Shrel-only_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    "Rest in Peace," the drums are still, The smoke has cleared, the battle is done......... Your gentle touch remains upon the hearts of those who loved you best.
    How sad this is. Our family prays for the comfort of your family and friends. May the God of all grant you eternal rest and let perpetual light shine upon you.

  • Ribbon_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    RIP Brothers and prayers to the families.

  • 101_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    Very sad. My heart and prayers are with the families, Department and friends. Rest in peace Brothers.

  • Sarge2_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    "Village" jurisdictions very much alive in the States, and not just in remote areas. Within 100 miles of NYC there are villages in the State of New York with a lone officer on patrol. Our prayers are with the officer's families, and extremely sad that they had to witness the shooting. As for the "we very much want to get him alive", what the F is up with THAT??? Hopefully it's just propaganda, because resources shouldn't even be wasted in a standoff with this clown.

  • Swat_teaser_fin_sm001_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    Very sad story... I didn't know we still had Villages in the states? I vote for government grants across the nation to up the staff for all departments. Simply said, we need more officers. The world and our country are not safe without them!! Hopefully our troops coming back will help out, especially now that we won't need that trillion dollars put into the war in Iraq, departments can hire staff and ADEQUATE artillery to fight domestic terrorism. Let's see where all this money spent on the war will go now.

  • Dscn2014_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    RIP, thoughts and prayers to the family. Everyone else, heads on a swivel

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