Officer Matthew Tokuoka Hoonah Police Department Alaska End of Watch: Saturday, August 28, 2010

Photograph: Officer Matthew Tokuoka Patch image: Hoonah Police Department, Alaska

Officer Matthew Tokuoka
Hoonah Police Department
Alaska

End of Watch: Saturday, August 28, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 39
Tour of Duty: 1 year
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Saturday, August 28, 2010
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Barricaded

Officer Matthew Tokuoka and Sergeant Anthony Wallace were ambushed and killed by a lone gunman.
Officer Tokuoka, who was off-duty, was in his car with his family when he stopped to talk to Sergeant Wallace who was standing outside his vehicle. Sergeant Wallace was shot first and Officer Tokuoka went to render aid and was then shot. Officer Tokuoka died early Sunday at a local clinic and Sergeant Wallace died during surgery in Juneau.
The suspect fled to his house and barricaded himself inside while SWAT teams from the Alaska State Troopers and the Juneau Police Department responded to the scene.
Officer Tokuoka was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had worked for the Hoonah Police Department for 18 months. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

Related Line of Duty Deaths

Patch image: Hoonah Police Department, Alaska
Sergeant Anthony Wallace
Hoonah Police Department, AK
EOW: Saturday, August 28, 2010
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Agency Contact Information
Hoonah Police Department
PO Box 450
Hoonah, AK 99829
Phone: (907) 945-3655
Please contact the Hoonah Police Department for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

Two police officers in Alaska were shot to death late last night, one of them was from Hawaii.

Officers Matt Tokuoka and Tony Wallace died after the shooting in a small village in southeast Alaska.

Tokuoka, 39, was originally from Hawaii and had been an officer with the Hoonah Police Department since the spring of 2009.

Authorities say the suspect, John Marvin Jr., barricaded himself inside his home.

Authorities don’t know what led to the shooting, but say it was witnessed by Tokuoka’s wife and children.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An official says two police officers have been fatally shot in a tiny Native village in southeast Alaska and authorities are in a standoff with the suspect.

Bob Prunella, acting city administrator for the village of Hoonah, says officers Tony Wallace and Matt Tokuoka died after the shooting late Saturday. He says he doesn’t know what led to the shooting.

Mayor Windy Skaflestad says the suspect, John Marvin Jr., has barricaded himself in his Hoonah home. He says a SWAT team has been sent from Juneau, 40 miles to the east.

Alaska State Troopers also have sent officers to the community of about 800 to assist in the standoff, but spokeswoman Megan Peters says no other information is being released at this time.

Prunella says the deaths leave the Tlingit village with just one officer. He says the town of Wrangell is sending over some officers to help out.

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