Juneau jury rejects wrongful death lawsuit filed by widow of slain Hoonah police officer

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JUNEAU, Alaska — A Juneau jury Monday rejected a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the widow of one of two Hoonah police officers shot and killed in 2010.

The Juneau Empire (http://bit.ly/1zdEmaV) reports the jury ruled that Officer Matthew Tokuoka was killed in the line of duty with Sgt. Tony Wallace by John Marvin Jr.

That means Tokuoka's widow, Haley Tokuoka-Yearout, is eligible for workers compensation benefits but not damages from the wrongful death lawsuit.

The lawsuit claimed Wallace was inadequately trained to deal with violent, mentally ill citizens.

Tokuoka was with his family when he was shot. Attorneys for Hoonah argued that Tokuoka was on duty immediately after Marvin fired the first shot at Wallace.

Marvin was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder.

He's serving two consecutive 99-year sentences.


Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com

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