Rapid City, S.D. –Less than three weeks after a shootout that killed two officers and injured a third, Officer Tim Doyle is heading back to work. With his facial injuries on the mend, Doyle started today in his new post as school liaison officer at Central High School.
Doyle made no secret of the fact that he was eager to get back in time for the new school year. Doyle requested to start working as soon as his doctor gave the ok, and Police Chief Steve Allender was happy to welcome him back.
“In my mind, Tim Doyle is superhuman,” Allender said. “His recovery is miraculous on its own, but his positive attitude and determination to go back to doing what he loves is beyond belief.”
Doyle previously served as the school liaison officer at Southwest Middle School, and was set to move to CHS before the Aug. 2 shooting. He will be working side-by-side with Officer Matt Hower, also a school liaison officer at CHS.
On the afternoon of Aug. 2, Rapid City police stopped four subjects for a routine stop. One of the subjects pulled out a concealed pistol and began firing, killing Officer Ryan McCandless and Officer Nick Armstrong. Officer Doyle was shot in the face, and was released from the hospital a week later. He has been recovering at home with the support of his family, friends, and fellow officers. Though his recovery is far from over, both Doyle and the RCPD are thankful for the continued support of the community.