The tiny Southeast village of Hoonah has received condolences from around the world for the recent shooting deaths of police officers Tony Wallace and Matt Tokuoka. The pair were ambushed by a lone gunman August 29th as they chatted with each other and their families on the town’s Front Street. John Marvin, Jr. has been charged with their murders, and is currently being held at Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau on one million dollars bail.
Hundreds plan to attend a memorial service for Wallace and Tokuoka tomorrow in Hoonah. Among the mourners will be dozens of police officers from Alaska and the rest of the country.
As Casey Kelly reports, the law enforcement community has rallied around the town in the days since the shooting.
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