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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Alaska troopers killed had been on TV police show

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  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The National Geographic Channel says two Alaska State Troopers who were shot and killed in a remote village had been featured on a show about patrolling the state's wild terrain, but they were not filming at the time of their deaths.
    National Geographic said in a statement it was "incredibly saddened" to hear about the deaths Thursday of Trooper Gabriel "Gabe" Rich and Sgt. Patrick "Scott" Johnson in the isolated community of Tanana.
    Few details about the shooting have been released, other than authorities saying one person has been detained.
    National Geographic says both officers had appeared on the show "Alaska State Troopers," but neither had a film crew with them at the time of the shootings. National Geographic says filming currently is being done with other troopers.
    The troopers had gone to Tanana to follow up on a Wednesday night report that someone "had brandished a firearm in the village," Peters said, adding she didn't immediately have any further details of what happened.
    Gov. Sean Parnell said in a statement that he and his wife, Sandy, "were deeply saddened to learn of the senseless, brutal crime that took the lives of two of Alaska's finest. These fallen heroes answered the call to serve and protect, and made the ultimate sacrifice, while keeping our communities safe."
    Ruby Cruger said the shooting happened at her aunt's home on Front Street just about 3 p.m. Thursday. She said her aunt wasn't home at the time, but a relative of her aunt's shot the troopers inside the home.

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