|Published:||Aug 30, 2010 12:19 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 29, 2010 9:19 PM EDT|
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - 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.