Men face additional charges in troopers’ shooting

Alaska State Troopers Rich and Johnson

Alaska State Troopers Gabriel “Gabe” Rich and Sgt. Patrick Scott Johnson were killed in the line of duty on May 1 while responding to an incident in Tanana. (Photo courtesy Alaska State Troopers)

New charges related to the shooting deaths of two Alaska State Troopers accuse a father and son of moving the bodies of the two officers to reposition their service weapons.

Twenty-year-old Nathanial Kangas already faces murder and other charges in the May 1 shooting deaths of the troopers in Tanana. His father, Arvin Kangas, was originally charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports supplemental charges were handed down Friday. Charges don’t indicate why the weapons were moved, but troopers said on May 2 that the officers were shot from behind and didn’t have a chance to draw their weapons.

Both have pleaded not guilty to three additional counts of evidence tampering. Arvin Kangas also entered not guilty pleas to additional hindering prosecution charges.