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Witnesses recount aftermath of Hoonah cop killings in Juneau court

  • Author: Craig Medred
  • Updated: September 27, 2016
  • Published October 28, 2012

On Friday, a newly selected jury gathered in a Juneau courtroom to hear testimony from first responders to a call about police officers shot while on duty in Hoonah, Alaska in 2010. A handful of local law enforcement officers, volunteers and EMT's told their stories, providing the jury with information about the aftermath of the Aug. 28 shooting. John N. Marvin Jr. is the defendant.

According to the Juneau Empire, Arlen Skaflestad, a reserve officer with the Hoonah Police Department; Hoonah Fire Chief Bill Wolfe; Hoonah police officer Paul Comolli; volunteer firefighter Owen James and Alaska Wildlife Trooper Andy Savland all testified about the chaotic events that unfolded immediately after the shootings.

Martin was arrested following an an armed standoff. He is accused of the murder of Hoonah police officers Matt Tokuoka and Tony Wallace.

Hoonah is a Tlingit community of about 750 people located 40 air miles west of Juneau in Southeast Alaska. For more, visit the Juneau Empire here. And for more on the history of the shooting click here, here or here.

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