Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters identified the two killed Thursday as Trooper Gabriel "Gabe" Rich and Sgt. Patrick "Scott" Johnson.
She confirms that Rich had been featured on the National Geographic show "Alaska State Troopers," and said Johnson might have also appeared but couldn't immediately confirm that.
Troopers have released few details about the violence in the isolated community located about 130 miles west of Fairbanks, other than saying one person has been detained. No roads lead to Tanana and travel there is mainly by aircraft. Residents live a largely subsistence lifestyle.
Peters says the troopers had gone to Tanana to follow up on a Wednesday night report that someone "had brandished a firearm in the village."