Police identify officer killed in the line of duty

2011-08-02T16:36:00Z 2012-07-25T17:16:24Z Police identify officer killed in the line of dutyDavid Montgomery Journal staff Rapid City Journal
August 02, 2011 4:36 pm  • 

One Rapid City police officer is dead and two others wounded after a routine stop turned deadly.

James Ryan McCandless, 28, a six-year veteran of the department, was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Nick Armstrong, 27, underwent surgery and remains in critical condition. A third officer, whose name was not immediately released pending notification of his next of kin, was shot in the face and is stable.

A Native American male in his 20s is the suspected shooter. Police didn't release his name Tuesday night because of uncertainty about the suspect's real identity, Police Chief Steve Allender said.

The officers had stopped a group of four subjects at the corner of Anamosa and Greenbriar streets in North Rapid around 4:30 p.m.

After a few minutes, the male suspect pulled a concealed pistol and fired multiple rounds at the officers, Allender said.

At least one of the officers returned fire, wounding the suspect. He is under arrest at Rapid City Regional Hospital with an uncertain condition.

In an emotional statement, Allender said officers feel terrible after losing "family."

"We've got to pick up the pieces from this, no matter how hard it hurts," Allender said. "We have to show up at work tomorrow and do the same job these guys did today."

The investigation is currently being conducted by the state Division of Criminal Investigation and the Pennington County Sheriff's Office.

Contact David Montgomery at 394-8329 or david.montgomery@rapidcityjournal.com

 

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