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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A man accused of killing two police officers in a small Alaskavillage surrendered to authorities Monday.

Alaska State Troopers said John Marvin Jr. turned himself inshortly after 9:30 a.m. in the southeast Alaska village of Hoonah.Marvin, who was taken with no injuries, is charged with two countsof first degree murder.

Marvin, 45, barricaded himself in his home after the shootingsof officers Tony Wallace, originally from Franklin, Ohio, and MattTokuoka late Saturday. The officers died sometime after theshootings.

A motive for what troopers called an ambush has not beendisclosed.

During the standoff, troopers and other law enforcement agenciesmaintained their positions through the night into Monday,authorities said. Troopers had urged residents in the shorelinecommunity of about 800 to stay away from the area.

"We are thankful this incident resolved without further loss oflife or injury," Public Safety Commissioner Joe Masters said in astatement. "Now that this incident has resolved, the community ofHoonah can hopefully start the healing process."

Masters said two chaplains with the troopers were heading to thecommunity, located on an island about 40 miles west of Juneau.

Just before the shootings, Tokuoka left the home of hisfather-in-law, George Martin. Tokuoka, 39, was off-duty and hadspent the evening there before leaving with his wife and twochildren, Martin said.

Soon after they left, Martin heard two shots. Wallace wasknocked down, and Tokuoka told his wife and children to get awayand then he was shot as well, said Martin, who believes hisson-in-law was trying to help the fallen officer.

Wallace, 32, was on-duty at the time of the shooting. It wasunclear why he was in the area. Wallace died during surgery inJuneau and Tokuoka died at a clinic in the Native village,according to Martin.

"The whole town's in shock," he said Sunday. "I've been gettingcalls all day. It's a bad situation."

Martin said his home is just a block and a half from Marvin's.He didn't know why the officers were ambushed but said police havehad run-ins with Marvin in the past. He said Marvin livesalone.

Bob Prunella, acting administrator in Hoonah, said the deathsleave the Tlingit community with just two full-time officers— the police chief and a trainee. He said the southeastAlaska town of Wrangell sent some officers to help out asneeded.

Wallace was originally from Ohio and one of the fewhearing-impaired officers in the nation, according to officials atRochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York, where heattended the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. He also wasa wrestler and was inducted into the university's Athletic Hall ofFame in 2008.

He first joined the Hoonah police force in 2006, left afterseven months and then rejoined in 2008. He served as the smalldepartment's evidence officer, and was recently designated as abreath-test maintenance technician.

According to the law enforcement networking websitewww.usacops.com, Tokuoka was a former Marine Corps staff sergeantwho served in special operations. The Hawaii native had been withthe department since spring 2009.

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