Trooper Gabriel Rich, Sergeant Patrick Scott Johnson

Courtesy: State of Alaska

Tragedy has befallen the Alaska State Troopers.

Two officers who appeared on the National Geographic Channel series of the same name were killed in the line of duty yesterday, fatally shot while investigating a report of a man brandishing a gun in the village of Tanana, according to information released by the AST's public information office.

Trooper Gabriel "Gabe" Rich and Sgt. Patrick "Scott" Johnson were not filming at the time.

Per, NatGeo is currently working on a segment to add to next Thursday's episode to pay tribute to Rich and Johnson.

"National Geographic Channel is incredibly saddened to learn of the loss of two Alaska State Troopers yesterday in the  village of Tanana, Alaska," the network said in a statement. "We have a long and proud association with the troopers, and consider them a member of our extended channel family.  We send our deepest condolences to their families and the entire Alaska State Trooper force."

Rich reportedly appeared in six episodes and Johnson was in four.

Nathanial Lee Kangas, 19, has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the two deaths and former charges are currently being prepared by the AST and the Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals, the AST said. Another man, 58-year-old Arvin Morse Kangas, has been charged with 4th-degree assault and driving with a revoked license in connection with an April 30 incident involving a peace officer in Tanana.

Officials said that the bodies of Rich and Johnson were transported yesterday to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Anchorage. The investigation is ongoing in Tanana.

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