Legal Guns Kill: Alaska man, 19, shot...

Legal Guns Kill: Alaska man, 19, shot troopers from behind

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Since: Apr 12

Grand Rapids, MN

#1 May 4, 2014
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — As two state troopers struggled to arrest his father, a 19-year-old man armed himself with an assault rifle and shot them seven times, killing them outside his home in a remote Alaska village, authorities said in charges filed Saturday.

Nathanial Lee Kangas appeared in a Fairbanks court two days after Trooper Gabriel “Gabe” Rich and 45-year-old Sgt. Patrick “Scott” Johnson were shot to death. He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and a count of third-degree assault. Bail was set at $2 million.

After bail was set, the judge asked Kangas if he had anything to say regarding the bail.

After a long pause, Kangas replied only,“I’m sorry,” the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

Kangas, wearing an orange jumpsuit, was escorted by officers into the court. Every seat was full, and the walls were lined with law enforcement officers of several agencies as Kangas faced his charges. Officers hugged and consoled each other at the hearing, the newspaper reported.

Kangas’ mother, Judy, and younger brother, Albert, each gave brief apologies.

“I want to tell everybody, the families, from the bottom of my heart that I am sorry,” Judy Kangas said as she choked back tears.

The slayings of Rich and Johnson on Thursday in the isolated community of Tanana underscored the challenges law enforcement faces in this huge state. Like many troopers assigned to patrol multiple villages, Rich and Johnson were not based in the interior community of 238 people. They worked out of the troopers’ four-person rural service unit in Fairbanks 130 miles to the east, and they had to reach Tanana by plane.

Rich and Johnson, who had recently appeared on a national cable TV show about the Alaska State Troopers, had traveled to Tanana to arrest Kangas’ 58-year-old father, Arvin, on charges of driving without a license and threatening the village’s unarmed public safety officer, Mark Haglin.

Haglin had received reports that the elder Kangas was driving around the village, even though he doesn’t have a valid driver’s license. After Haglin approached Arvin Kangas at his home, the elder Kangas pointed to a rifle and suggested he would use it if Haglin did not leave, according to the charging documen
Capt Crunch

Sedona, AZ

#2 May 4, 2014
It appears that the wrong culprit has been charged with a crime. Wasn't the gun responsible for the murders? The young man just happened to be holding it at the time,although he could be charged with aiding a abetting But according to the author of this thread, it was the legality of the gun that is called into question, and therefor it is the gun that should be charged. Or perhaps we can uyse the corrollery of the illegal immigrants to this country as a basis for blame. The Us is to blame for the illegal entries because they hold out the hope of a better life and the illegals only trespass for reasons of love, according to potential candidate for president Jeb Bush/

Since: Apr 12

St. Paul, MN

#3 May 7, 2014
It is time for the US to enter the 21st century and enact sensible gun control laws.

Saint Paul, MN

#4 May 7, 2014
Guns used in illegal acts are NOT legal guns. To use any weapon in an illegal act makes the weapon a tool in the act.

That would include a Korean ferry boat.
Comprehension 101

Minneapolis, MN

#5 May 8, 2014
A legally owned gun is a gun that is owned in compliance with all applicable laws. The gun is still legally owned regardless of whether it is used for a legal or an illegal purpose.

Two brave Alaskan troopers who were just trying to do there jobs would still be alive today if we enacted 21st century gun control laws.
Another Bob

Minneapolis, MN

#6 May 8, 2014
If it wasn't for those false-patriots in the Tea Party we'd have a much safer nation and many fewer deaths from firearms.

Since: Apr 12

St. Paul, MN

#7 May 9, 2014
These right wing extremists long for a time where slavery is legal and women can't vote. Times change and it is time for our gun laws to be changed as well.

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