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Sergeant Anthony Michael Wallace | Hoonah Police Department, Alaska Hoonah Police Department, Alaska


Anthony Michael Wallace

Hoonah Police Department, Alaska

End of Watch: Sunday, August 29, 2010

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 102

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/28/2010

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Sentenced to 198 years

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Sergeant Anthony Wallace and Officer Matthew Tokuoka were ambushed and killed by a lone gunman.

Officer Tokuoka, who was off-duty, was in his car with his family when he stopped to talk to Sergeant Wallace who was standing outside his vehicle. Sergeant Wallace's mother was visiting him in Alaska and was accompanying him on a ride along at the time.

A man who the two officers had arrested on several occasions in the past opened fire on Sergeant Wallace from a concealed position nearby, striking Sergeant Wallace in the leg and chest, penetrating his vest.

Officer Tokuoka was able to radio in a brief situation report and then attempted to drag Sergeant Wallace to cover when he was shot twice in the chest.

Although he was mortally wounded, Sergeant Wallace was able to warn responding officers and rescue personnel of the shooter's location.

Sergeant Wallace was medevacked to Juneau by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter and died while undergoing emergency surgery at Bartlett Memorial Hospital in the early morning hours August 29th; Officer Tokuoka passed away just before midnight on August 28th at the Hoonah Clinic ER before he could be flown to a trauma center.

The suspect, a former Army marksman, fled to his house and barricaded himself inside; Hoonah officers, an Alaska State Trooper and an off-duty Wrangel Police officer contained the shooter in his house as he continued to fire on officers. Responding Alaska State Troopers and Juneau police SWAT teams were delayed by high seas and wind shears, which made aircraft and small boats unusable. The U.S. Coast Guard cutter brought SWAT personnel from Juneau Police, Alaska State Troopers and U.S. Forest Service officers the following morning. A two day standoff ensued and the suspect surrendered after the use of tear gas.

In January of 2012 an Alaska superior court judge ruled that the suspect was not mentally competent to stand trial, however, that ruling was overturned. He was subsequently convicted of two counts of first degree murder on November 3rd, 2012. On April 4th, 2013, the subject was sentenced to 198 years in prison.

Sergeant Anthony Wallace, who was legally deaf, had served for the Hoonah Police Department for four years. He had previously served as a non-sworn public safety officer with the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. He is survived by his mother and daughter, father and step-mother, three brothers, and grandmother.

The badge numbers of Sergeant Wallace and Officer Tokuoka were retired following their murders. The Hoonah City Council proclaimed the memorial service day for both officers, September 8th, as Anthony Wallace and Matthew Tokuoka Day.

In April of 2011, Sergeant Wallace was posthumously awarded the Police Medal of Heroism by the governor of Alaska.

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Officer Matthew Dean Tokuoka
Hoonah Police Department, Alaska
End of Watch: Saturday, August 28, 2010
Cause: Gunfire

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Hey old pal! I still miss you man. Lexie is so grown up, so pretty and successful. She misses you and thinks of you so much. I still miss you I am glad you were vindicated in the civil trial, and I hate that it went like it did, but ONE scumbag, John Marvin is solely responsible for what happened, PERIOD! And he will spend the rest of his miserable life in a cage, ranting about being the prince of Imperial Russia. I am sorry I didn't get to say good bye after the EMS took you to the ER than night, but we had to contain that animal in his house. I am so sorry your poor Mother had to see you and Matt go through that on that sad night, but I am glad she was with you and she helped care for you both and was able to ease your pain. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and I am glad I got to be with you for a few minutes after the shooting. I am so proud to have been your boss. You saved my life and that of the other officers and rescuers by warning us where the shooter was. I can't begin to say how I feel about that. You were a cop's cop and a man's man. RIP pal. Whenever I teach an active shooting response class, I always dedicate it to you and Matt. Lexie has a lot of surrogate dad's who worked with you and are here for her always!

Chief JA Millan (RET)
Hoonah AK PD (RET)
April 14, 2016


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