Anchorage, AK, United States (4E) – A 19-year-old man from the Alaska village of Tanana is to be arraigned Saturday at the Fairbanks courthouse for the alleged shooting death of two state troopers on Thursday afternoon.
Nathanial Kangas is facing double first degree murder charges for allegedly killing Sergeant Patrick “Scott” Johnson and Gabriel Rich while both troopers were trying to arrest his father, Arvin Kangas, at their home in Tanana. The father is also facing one count of assault for pointing a shotgun at village public safety officer Mark Haglin while he was driving by the Kangas residence looking for the 58-year-old father.
It was Haglin who called for the state troopers from Fairbanks to help arrest Haglin for drunk driving and pointing a gun at him on Wednesday night, Alaska State Trooper Col. James Cockrell said at a press conference about the incident in Anchorage on Friday. Haglin had confronted the elder Kangas after a woman having a dispute with the latter called him Wednesday night.
Johnson and Rich arrived in Tanana, 281 miles away from Anchorage, on Thursday at 2:45 p.m. to arrest Kangas at his home. The three struggled and fell through the doorway into the small log home. The son then reportedly opened fire with a semiautomatic rifle and the father fled the scene.
Additional troopers arrived and arrested the Kangas.
Meanwhile, the bodies of Johnson and Rich were taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy. Their colleagues set up two Wells Fargo bank accounts where donations to the families of the slain troopers can be deposited.