Tanana man pleads not guilty to murder of two Alaska State Troopers

(Pictured above- Top: Nathanial "Sach" Kangas Bottom: Arvin Kangas)

Fairbanks- Not guilty pleas today for a Tanana man accused of fatally shooting two Alaska State Troopers.

20-year-old Nathanial "Sach" Kangas is charged with two counts of murder in the first degree along with other charges stemming from the May 1st shooting that left Sgt. Scott Johnson and Trooper Gabe Rich dead inside his home in Tanana.

His father, 58-year-old Arvin Kangas, who also pleaded not guilty today, is charged with tampering with physical evidence in the first degree as well as assault in the 4th degree in connection with the incident.

Representatives from the Tanana Tribal Council attended the arraignment today telephonically; they have asked that Arvin not return to Tanana for fear of their village resident's safety.

Joan Wilson, representative of the Tanana Tribal Council said, "the village was here today to attend the arraignment of Arvin Kangas, its main concern with being here is to assure the safety of the community."