Nathanial Lee Kangas, accused of fatally shooting two well-known Alaska state troopers, had only a handful of words to say during his chilling arraignment Saturday.
Among them were, “I love you, mom.”
Authorities say Kangas, 19, shot police officers Gabriel “Gabe” Rich and Sgt. Patrick “Scott” Johnson seven times from behind with an assault rifle as they struggled to arrest his father outside his home in a remote Alaskan village called Tanana.
Both Kangas and his family expressed remorse in court.
“I want to tell everybody, the families, from the bottom of my heart that I am sorry,” Judy Kangas, the suspect’s mother, tearfully told a crowd of police officers and their family members.
Kangas was quiet throughout the majority of the proceedings, but told the judge “I’m sorry.”
On his way out of the courtroom, Kangas shouted “I love you, mom” to his mother, and his mother shouted back that she loved her son, as well.
Though the audio is somewhat unclear, since some shouted “coward” at Kangas after his declaration, the exchange takes place at 2:40 in this clip by KTVF11’s Stephanie Woodard:
Heather Hintze with KTVA-TV was also present at the proceedings, and confirmed that Kangas shouted “I love you mom” on his way out.
The slain police officers were recently featured National Geographic’s show “Alaska State Troopers,” and had traveled to Tanana to arrest Kangas’ 58-year-old father, Arvin, on charges of driving without a license and threatening the village’s unarmed public safety officer.
Kangas, described by prosecutors as “an absolute danger to the community” and “an absolute danger to law enforcement,” faces two hundred years in prison if convicted. His bail has been set at $2 million.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.