HOONAH, AK (HawaiiNewsNow) - A police officer shot dead in a small village on Alaska's southeastern coast was from Molokai. 39-year-old Matt Tokuoka was one of two officers with the Hoonah Police Department who were fatally shot Saturday. The other officer killed was Tony Wallace.
Authorities say the suspected gunman, 45-year-old John Marvin Jr, ambushed the pair then barricaded himself in his home before surrendering Monday morning. He's charged with murder.
Tokuoka's aunt on Molokai says the family is distraught.
"We heard the news Saturday night that he got shot. But we had hopes that he would pull through. And the next morning my sister called early in the morning that he didn't make it… It's just that we're sad because he has such little children and he's so young, yet" said Cheryl Tokuoka.
A witness says Tokuoka and Wallace were shot in front of the suspect's home. Tokuoka was off-duty when it happened.
Before moving to Alaska, Tokuoka was a US Marine Corps staff sergeant. He'd been with the Hoonah Police Department since spring of 2009. He's survived by his wife and two young children.
Hoonah is about 40 miles west of Juneau.