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PHOTOS: Two Alaska State Troopers killed in Tanana shooting

The Tanana school flag flew at half mast on Friday. The mood in the village has been somber, a day after two Alaska State Troopers were killed in the town while attempting to arrest Arvin Kangas. May 2, 2014
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The Tanana home of Arvin Kangas, overlooking the frozen Yukon river on Friday. The mood in the village has been somber, a day after two Alaska State Troopers were killed in Kangas' home while attempting to arrest him. May 2, 2014
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Tanana residents drink beer on the banks of the frozen Yukon river on Friday. The mood in the town has been somber, a day after two Alaska State Troopers were killed in the village. May 2, 2014
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Alaska State Troopers, Village Public Safety Officers and other law enforcement pay respects to their fallen comrades troopers Sgt. Patrick “Scott” Johnson and Gabriel “Gabe” Rich, as their bodies are flown out of the Tanana airstrip on Friday. Johnson and Rich were killed Thursday while attempting to arrest Tanana resident Arvin Kangas. May 2, 2014
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Alaska State Troopers, Village Public Safety Officers and other law enforcement pay respects to their fallen comrades troopers Sgt. Patrick “Scott” Johnson and Gabriel “Gabe” Rich, as their bodies are flown out of the Tanana airstrip on Friday. Johnson and Rich were killed Thursday while attempting to arrest Tanana resident Arvin Kangas. May 2, 2014
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Alaska State Troopers wipe away tears after paying their respects to fallen comrades troopers Sgt. Patrick “Scott” Johnson and Gabriel “Gabe” Rich, whose bodies were flown out of the Tanana airstrip on Friday. Johnson and Rich were killed Thursday while attempting to arrest Tanana resident Arvin Kangas. May 2, 2014
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Alaska law enforcement personnel take evidence, including at least a half dozen hunting rifles and a computer, from Arvin Kangas' Tanana home on Friday. Two Alaska State Troopers were killed at the home on Thursday, after attempting to arrest Kangas. May 2, 2014
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Alaska law enforcement personnel take evidence, including at least a half dozen hunting rifles and a computer, from Arvin Kangas' Tanana home on Friday. Two Alaska State Troopers were killed at the home on Thursday, after attempting to arrest Kangas. May 2, 2014
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An aerial view of the Yukon river village of Tanana. Two Alaska State Troopers were killed earlier on Thursday while attempting to arrest a man in the village. May 1, 2014.
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Mark Haglin, second from left, the Village Public Safety Officer for Tanana, is debriefed by Alaska State Trooper personnel at the Tanana airstrip on Thursday evening. Haglin responded to a disturbance in the village on Wednesday night, and decided that it needed the attention of the Alaska State Troopers. When two troopers responded the next day, they were shot and killed. May 1, 2014.
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Young men walk through the Yukon river village of Tanana on Thursday night, while heavily armed Alaska State Troopers engage in a standoff on a nearby street. Two troopers were killed earlier in the day while attempting to arrest an individual, and reinforcements were brought in to take into custody the second of two men involved. The second man was arrested shortly after 10 p.m. May 1, 2014.
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An investigator takes photos of a car near the house where two Alaska State Troopers were killed earlier in the day on Thursday in Tanana. May 1, 2014.
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Caution tape marks the perimeter of a crime scene where investigators are responding to an incident earlier in the day on Thursday where two Alaska State Troopers were killed while attempting to arrest an individual. May 1, 2014.
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Heavily armed Alaska State Troopers rest during a standoff in Tanana. Troopers were surrounding a house where a man was barricaded, reportedly with an assault rifle and a handle of whiskey. Two troopers were shot and killed earlier in the day. May 1, 2014.
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A heavily armed Alaska State Trooper keeps watch on a house where a man was barricaded on Thursday in Tanana. Two troopers were shot and killed earlier in the day. May 1, 2014.
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Heavily armed Alaska State Troopers arrest Arvin Kangas after a several hour standoff in the Yukon river village of Tanana. Two troopers were shot and killed earlier in the day. May 1, 2014.
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Alaska State Troopers deploy an Avatar remote-sensing robot to inspect a house before entering it on Thursday night in Tanana. after a standoff. May 1, 2014.
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Alaska State Troopers keep Tanana residents away from a house wherein Arvin Kangas had earlier barricaded himself. Two troopers were shot and killed earlier in the day. May 1, 2014.
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Alaska State Troopers respond to an incident in the Yukon river village of Tanana where two troopers were killed on Thursday, May 1, 2014.
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The Yukon river begins its breakup in the village of Tanana. Two Alaska State Troopers were killed in the village earlier in the day while attempting to arrest a man. May 1, 2014.
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St. James Episcopal Church in Tanana on Thursday. Two Alaska State Troopers were killed in the village earlier in the day while attempting to arrest a man. May 1, 2014.
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Jerzy Shedlock,Loren Holmes

Droves of Alaska State Troopers descended on the tiny Interior Alaska village of Tanana Thursday afternoon following a fatal shooting of two of their own. Grief-stricken residents watched as troopers in full SWAT gear surrounded a small brown house with black trim and waited as the man they’d allegedly tried to arrest earlier in the afternoon holed himself inside with an assault rifle and liquor.

Much remains unclear, but what is known is troopers Sgt. Patrick “Scott” Johnson and Gabriel “Gabe” Rich, both members of the Fairbanks Rural Service Unit, were killed in the line of duty. They were reportedly responding to a report from Wednesday night that a man had brandished a gun in the village.

What happened next is uncertain, but ensuing events left two troopers dead, and one man holed up inside a village home. Reports from village residents, which couldn't immediately be confirmed, said a second man had shot the officers and had been detained earlier.

Troopers spent several hours outside the home, taking cover behind rusty pickup trucks and log sheds waiting for the man, Arvin Kangas, to emerge. He eventually exited the house around 10:25 p.m.

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Contact Jerzy Shedlock at jerzy@alaskadispatch.com or on Google+
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