The troopers were killed Thursday, and both Gabriel Rich a trooper and Patrick Johnson a Sergeant worked for a unit in rural services. Both had appeared on the television show titled Alaska State Troopers on the National Geographic channel.
Police said they had arrested a 19-year old in connection with the two slayings. Nathaniel Lee Kangas was arrested in Tanana, a remote and isolated community.
Troopers said that the formal charges against Kangas were being prepared. A second man from Tanana, 58-year old Arvin Kangas was charged with assault.
One resident, Ruby Cruger is related to both men and said they are father and son, but she did not know any of the details regarding the shooting of the two police officers.
Tanana has only between 250 and 300 residents and is accessible by just boat or plane.
Sean Parnell the Governor of Alaska said the two troopers had died in what he described a horrific act, but would not provide any more details of that incident. Tanana is a 45-minute plane ride from Fairbanks.
The two troopers were amongst scores who have raised the profile of the agency for the work they have done in the far lying regions of Alaska under weather conditions that are never forgiving and where a backup could be a minimum of a day or more than a hundred miles away.
Alaska State Troopers still airs in its fifth season and both troopers had appeared on a number of episodes. A spokesperson for the National Geographic Channel released a statement that said any of the episodes that featured the two murdered troopers would not be aired any longer.
The statement said the channel was saddened to have learned of the deaths of the two state troopers in Alaska. A film crew had not been with Rich and Johnson when they had been killed.