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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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    Straightshooter

    almost 4 years ago

    1708 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officers Tony Wallace and Matt Tokuoka. My Prayers for your Families, friends and coworkers.
    May the perp burn in Hell for eternity.

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    ksphatcop

    almost 4 years ago

    1744 Comments

    Rest in Peace

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    Leointraining

    almost 4 years ago

    20 Comments

    My prayers go out the family, friends and the department of the two officers....

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    RIP. My prayers go out to your family and friends

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    RIP. My prayers go out to your family and friends.

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    Bury

    almost 4 years ago

    1342 Comments

    Alaska truly is the frontier of policing, sad situation.

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    pdyer

    almost 4 years ago

    354 Comments

    Truly a sad situation

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    RANGER_ONE_TX

    almost 4 years ago

    4610 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brothers, God Bless you both and your families...

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Condolences to the familes of these two officers. God bless us all.

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    RKEENAN

    almost 4 years ago

    572 Comments

    Off duty deaths from a 24/7 career protecting and serving their community.

    Rest in peace Brothers, our prayers to your family, friends, and the fine people of our 49th State.

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    TasiaB

    almost 4 years ago

    540 Comments

    My thoughts and prayers to the families, friends, and coworkers...

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    BklynsFinest347

    almost 4 years ago

    2016 Comments

    RIP Brothers...

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    t1401hm

    almost 4 years ago

    1754 Comments

    RIP X two.

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    DonnaLynn

    almost 4 years ago

    10636 Comments

    Rest in peace Officer Tony Wallace and Matt Tokuoka. Condolences to their family, friends and department.

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    batman2944

    almost 4 years ago

    738 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brothers, and God Bless!!

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