Two Alaska 'reality show' troopers fatally shot

A map of Tanana, Alaska Tanana is a remote Alaskan village with a population fewer than 300 people

A teenager has been arrested over the fatal shooting in remote Alaska of two state troopers who had appeared in a reality television show.

Nathaniel Kangas, 19, is being held in connection with the deaths of Gabriel Rich and Patrick Johnson.

The two men had gone to the remote village of Tanana after reports someone was brandishing a firearm.

The troopers had featured on past episodes of the National Geographic Channel show Alaska State Troopers.

A man said to be Nathaniel Kangas' father has also been arrested in connection with a separate incident on Wednesday.

Arvin Kangas, 58, was charged with assault involving a village public safety officer.

Rich and Johnson were based in the troopers' rural service unit in Fairbanks and had travelled to Tanana - a village of 238 people accessible mainly by aircraft - on Thursday to investigate the matter.

Officials have not yet released details related to the troopers' shooting on Thursday.

National Geographic wrote in a statement it was "incredibly saddened" by their deaths.

More on This Story

More US & Canada stories



  • Shinji Mikamo's father's watchTime peace

    The story of the watch that survived Hiroshima

  • Northern League supporters at the party's annual meeting in 2011Padania?

    Eight places in Europe that also want independence

  • Elephant Diaries - BBCGoing wild

    Wildlife film-makers reveal the tricks of the trade

  • Hamas rally in the West Bank village of Yatta, 2006Hamas hopes

    Why the Palestinian group won't back down yet

  • A woman dining aloneTable for one

    The restaurants that love solo diners

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.