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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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  • Car6_max50

    Ahi

    almost 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    R.I.P., prayers to family and friends!

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Rest in peace Officer's Wallace and Tukuoka.

    In Love and Light,
    Talya Raphaella

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    texasCHL

    almost 4 years ago

    38 Comments

    Sounds like an opportunity to test the police dept RPGs.

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    texasCHL

    almost 4 years ago

    38 Comments

    Good opportunity to test the police dept RPGs.

  • Enoughisenough_max50

    jortives1969

    almost 4 years ago

    1686 Comments

    R.I.P

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    MP247

    almost 4 years ago

    332 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer's Wallace and Tokuoka

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    ACelestine

    almost 4 years ago

    16 Comments

    This is such a sad day for law enforcement. My prayers are with the family and the department. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

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    Book_Em_Mandie

    almost 4 years ago

    6746 Comments

    Rest In Peace x 2.

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    tatorhead

    almost 4 years ago

    106 Comments

    and you wanted to take him alive because why?

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    tjohnsonr18

    almost 4 years ago

    290 Comments

    Very, Very, very Sad indeed. I pray for the family and especially the Mother and Wife who not only suffered a lost, but saw it. GOD BLESS thank you for you service and sacrifice.

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    granny1

    almost 4 years ago

    1448 Comments

    this is so sad,how awful. rest in peace.

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    cplmsta38

    almost 4 years ago

    98 Comments

    Rest in peace brothers.............Sad Sad Sad

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    revCCBeasley

    almost 4 years ago

    2944 Comments

    Very, Very, very Sad indeed. I pray for the family and especially the Mother and Wife who not only suffered a lost, but saw it.

    RIP Officers, Your steady and faithful watch is eternal.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Sad.... R.I.P. Brothers

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    tbailes182

    almost 4 years ago

    540 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brothers...

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