Rapid City, S.D. –The third officer wounded in yesterday’s shooting was Tim Doyle, 39. Originally from Minnesota, Doyle is a four-year veteran of the RCPD. He was serving on the Street Crimes Unit temporarily, before returning to his assignment as a school liaison officer. Doyle is currently in stable condition.
Officer Nick Armstrong, 27, a two-year veteran of the RCPD, was born and raised in Rapid City. He has served on the Street Crimes Unit since April 2010. Armstrong underwent surgery last night, and is listed in critical condition this morning.
Officer James Ryan McCandless, 28, died yesterday at Rapid City Regional Hospital as a result of his injuries. McCandless was a six-year veteran of the RCPD. Originally from Michigan, McCandless was recently engaged to be married, had purchased a new home, and obtained a Master’s degree in public administration.
At 4:30 p.m. on August 2, three Rapid City police officers came in contact with a group of four subjects at the intersection of Anamosa and Greenbriar Streets. Contact lasted a few minutes, then a male suspect pulled a concealed pistol and fired multiple rounds at the officers. At least one of the officers returned fire. When the shooting stilled, three officers had been shot and as well as the suspect. All four men were transported to Rapid City Regional Hospital.
The suspect, a Native American male in his 20s, was shot, but his specific injuries are not known.
The last Rapid City Police Officer to die in the line of duty was Les Hollers in 1985, killed by a drunk driver. The last Rapid City Police Officer killed was Robbie Ludeman in August 2001. Ludeman was off-duty at the time.
The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and Pennington County Sheriff’s Office are conducting the investigation into the shooting. Anyone with information on this investigation should contact DCI at 394-2258 or PCSO at 394-2151. Questions on the details of the investigation should also be directed to DCI or PCSO.