An episode of a cable TV series is being re-edited following the deaths of two people who have been featured on the show. Deadline.com reports that National Geographic Channel will add a tribute to the two men to an upcoming episode of "Alaska State Troopers."
The men, Sgt. Patrick Johnson and Trooper Gabriel Rich, have appeared on the show in the past, but were reportedly not filming when they were killed this week in a confrontation in a remote Alaskan village.
"The two men, who were among an ensemble of troopers who participated in the series, had not been scheduled to appear in future episodes. 'Alaska State Troopers' had returned to the network on April 10 for its sixth season. A NetGeo rep says the network is going through its schedule of franchise repeats to pull episodes that featured the two men, out of respect for their families," the story reports.
In a statement, the channel said: “National Geographic Channel is incredibly saddened to learn of the loss of two Alaska State Troopers yesterday in the village of Tanana, Alaska. 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."
Deadline adds: "Rich appeared in six episodes of the reality series, in 2012 and 2013; Johnson appeared in four episodes from 2011 to 2013, according to press reports of the shooting deaths that occurred Thursday in Tanana, located 130 miles west of Fairbanks and 281 miles north of Anchorage."
The report also notes: "Fairbanks NBC affiliate KTVF reported that the officers had gone to the village to follow up on a report from the previous night of someone brandishing a gun. The Alaska Dispatch’s website reported they were shot after an unarmed village public-safety officer called for backup while dealing with an altercation involving the sale of a couch. The shooting of the two men led to a lengthy standoff with heavily armed officers."