Rapid City Police Chief reflects on 2nd anniversary of shooting - KOTA Territory News

Rapid City Police Chief reflects on 2nd anniversary of deadly shooting

Officers Armstrong and McCandless (RCPD photos) Officers Armstrong and McCandless (RCPD photos)

Two years ago Friday, the Rapid City community changed forever.

Late in the afternoon on August 2, 2011, three officers were shot on Anamosa Street. Their attacker, 22-year-old Daniel Tiger, was killed by police in the shootout.

Officer Ryan McCandless, 28, was pronounced dead shortly after the attack, and Nick Armstrong, 27, died four days later on August 6. Officer Tim Doyle was seriously injured but survived the shooting.

The community's response to the tragedy was overwhelming. For days, people who knew the officers and those who supported them brought flowers, sent cards, bought t-shirts and thanked local officers for their duty.                                       

Two years later, the painful memory exists but Police Chief Steve Allender says the incident created a powerful connection between law enforcement and the community.

"We went through this tragedy together, and the community and local law enforcement were arm and arm through this thing, and it's the first time I've seen that type of connection in my career. I'm very proud of it"

Rapid City artist James Van Nuys is creating a lasting memorial to Officers McCandless and Armstrong.  It will feature two bronze soaring eagles on granite pillars to be completed by next summer.  It will be placed in Founders Park.

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