The troopers were reportedly conducting an investigation in Tanana regarding reports that a suspect flashed a firearm in the small community the night before. No details on the trooper's deaths have been revealed thus far as an investigation is underway.
Gov. Sean Parnell mourned the officials in a statement condemning their deaths as "senseless" and "brutal."
“Sandy and I were deeply saddened to learn of the senseless, brutal crime that took the lives of two of Alaska’s finest,” Parnell said. “These fallen heroes answered the call to serve and protect, and made the ultimate sacrifice, while keeping our communities safe. May God and the loving support of grateful Alaskans bring comfort to the families of these courageous men, the public safety community, and all those impacted by this horrific act.”
Tanana, a community of around 300 people, is located along the Yukon River about 130 miles west of Fairbanks.