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Hoonah Police Department

 

Chief of Police

Corey Rowley

PO Box 360
Hoonah, Alaska 99829-0450

Phone: (907)945-3655
Fax: (907)945-3658


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Sergeant Anthony Michael "Tony" Wallace and Officer Matthew Dean "Matt" Tokuoka were shot in an ambush on Saturday, August 28th, 2010 on Front Street in downtown Hoonah.

Sergeant Wallace was talking to his mother who was visiting from out-of-town. He had stopped his patrol vehicle on the roadside when Officer Tokuoka drove past in his personal vehicle with his wife and two small children. He stopped to speak to Sergeant Wallace. A gunman suddenly opened fire from behind and struck Sergeant Wallace in the chest, penetrating his body armor. He was also hit in the leg. Officer Tokuoka, who was off-duty and unarmed, shouted for Sergeant Wallace's Mother to get down and for his family to get to safety. As he turned to assist Sergeant Wallace, he too was struck in the chest by gunfire.

Responding Hoonah officers moved the fallen officers to cover where they were transported by Hoonah EMS to the Hoonah SEARHC Clinic ER. Despite tremendous efforts by medical staff, Officer Tokuoka died a short time later. Sergeant Wallace was flown by a US Coast Guard rescue helicopter to Bartlett Hospital in Juneau where he died while undergoing emergency surgery. Hoonah, Wrangel and Alaska State Trooper officers cordoned off the area of the suspect's residence as SWAT officers from Juneau Police, Alaska State Troopers and the US Forest Service law enforcement service arrived several hours later to assist and surround the house. The suspect surrendered on Monday morning after being tear gassed. He was barricaded for over a day. He was charged with the murders of Sergeant Wallace and Officer Tokuoka.

Sergeant Wallace was 32 years old at the time of his murder. He had served for three years with the Hoonah Police Department as a Field Training Officer, Evidence Officer and Breath Test Maintenance and Training Officer. He was an avid boater, hunter, fisherman and athlete, a former All-American wrestler, TVC Police Academy honor graduate and volunteer coach at the Hoonah School. Sergeant Wallace had been promoted to Corporal on the day of his death and was posthumously promoted to Sergeant the day after his death. SGT Wallace is survived by his daughter, mother, brother, girlfriend and extended family.

Officer Tokuoka was 39 years old at the time of his murder. He had served a year and a half with the Hoonah Police Department; both reserve and active. He was a former US Marine Corps Staff Sergeant with a background in special operations, weapons, training and sea service scuba diving. He was also an active boater, hunter, fisherman and athlete. Officer Tokuoka is survived by his two sons, two daughters, wife, father, brother and sister, along with extended family.

On behalf of Hoonah's City Government, its public safety services and the people of Hoonah, Chief Millan extends deepest gratitude, commendations and personal thanks to: The Wrangel Police Department, Alaska State Troopers; Hoonah Volunteer EMS, Hoonah Volunteer Fire Department, the Juneau Police Department and its SWAT, Hazardous Devices Unit and HNT Unit; The US Forest Service Law Enforcement Division, The US Coast Guard: Helicopter Rescue-Sitka Air Station, Coast Guard Cutter Liberty and Crew, Alaska State Troopers, Alaska State Trooper SWAT Units from Kenai, Palmer and Fairbanks, for heroism in the immediate incident and the hours thereafter until the suspect was safely arrested without further loss of life or injuries.

Special thanks in the subsequent criminal investigation and follow-up actions to: the Alaska Bureau of Investigations, US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Coast Guard Medical Response Mass Casualty Unit for the response to the tragedy, along with the 1st Judicial District Attorney and Alaska Courts-Hoonah Magistrate's Office.

Special coverage thanks to the police departments of Wrangel, Yakutat, Sitka, Alaska State Troopers wildlife and Alaska State Troopers law enforcement.

Much appreciation to the FBI, 17th Coast Guard District, Alaska Department of Public Safety and to Alaska Governor the Honorable Sean Parnell for the kind and caring assistance in the days and weeks following the tragedy and for making the Memorial Service happen with the grace and dignity that properly honored these two fallen heroes and their families.

Thanks to all Alaskan, US and Canadian police, law enforcement and public safety agencies who sent members to attend the memorial service as official agency representatives.

Deepest gratitude to all of the kind persons worldwide, who donated money so generously to the fallen officer's families relief funds.

And of course, thanks to all of the kind and good persons who showed their respects at the vigil, the motorcade, the procession, the memorial service and reception.

A final special thanks to the honor guards of: The Alaska State Troopers, the US Marine Corps, Anchorage Police Department, Ted Stevens International Airport Police, US Coast Guard and Alaska National Guard.

Individual commendations, posthumous and to the living are forthcoming.

We gratefully recognize the amazing and caring lifesaving efforts of Hoonah's EMS, Hoonah SEARHC Clinic medical staff, the US Coast Guard, Bartlett Memorial Hospital, Hoonah Dispatch 911 staff and Hoonah Volunteer Fire Department who worked so intensely to save Matt and Tony and to keep Hoonah safe in those hours following this tragedy and in the days thereafter, thanks for the counseling provided by SEARHC and the police Chaplains of Juneau Police and Alaska State Troopers, the volunteers and clergy staff who helped counsel the families of the fallen and the responders in the days following the tragedy.

God Bless you all.

Rest in eternal Peace Sergeant Anthony Wallace and Officer Matthew Tokuoka, as you both patrol the Streets of Heaven on St. Michael's Honor Guard. We will always miss you and never forget you as the heroes that you continue to be.



Hoonah Police Patch: Along with the rising grizzly bear (of which Hoonah and surrounding Chichagof Island has the most of per square mil-2.1 of anywhere in the world), it pictures a blue sky with stars which is from the Alaska State Flag, two totems which are emblematic of the Eagle and Raven of prominent local Tlingit Native history, snow-capped mountains which represent the mountains of Chicagof Island, blue which is the water and traditional lifeline of the inland passage Pacific and the Hoonah City Seal is at the bottom with the fishing boat design which represents the region's traditional dependence on commercial fishing.



Hoonah Police Badge with the Hoonah Grizzly Bear design