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Second South Dakota Police Officer Dies

A second Rapid City police officer has died from injuries suffered in last week’s shootout in the western South Dakota city.

Police Chief Steve Allender told the Rapid City Journal that 27-year-old Nick Armstrong died Sunday at Rapid City Regional Hospital. The second-year officer had been fighting for his life but lost the fight, according to published reports.

People packed the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center on Sunday to say goodbye to slain Rapid City police officer James Ryan McCandless.

The 28-year-old McCandless was one of three officers shot while performing what authorities have described as a routine stop on Tuesday.

Three officers approached 22-year-old Daniel Tiger and three of his acquaintances on a street Tuesday after receiving complaints about the group and determined a minor alcohol violation had been committed.

Police Chief Steve Allender told the crowd at the funeral Sunday that McCandless showed bravery and selflessness “in a way we can all be proud of.” He also thanked everyone for their support, saying he had never seen anything like it in his life. Pastor Greg Blanc prayed for people to experience peace.

A third officer, 39-year-old Officer Tim Doyle, remains hospitalized.