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Police Officer James Ryan McCandless | Rapid City Police Department, South Dakota Rapid City Police Department, South Dakota

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James Ryan McCandless

Rapid City Police Department, South Dakota

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer J. Ryan McCandless and Officer Nick Armstrong were shot and killed as they and another officer questioned four suspicious subjects at the intersection of East Anamosa and Greenbriar Streets at about 4:30 pm.

After several minutes a male subject in the group pulled out a concealed handgun and opened fire, striking all three officers before being wounded by return fire. The subject was shot and fatally wounded.

All three officers were transported to a local hospital in critical condition. Officer McCandless was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at the hospital, and Officer Nick Armstrong succumbed to his wounds five days later.

Officer McCandless had served with the Rapid City Police Department for six years. He is survived by his fiancée, parents, and sister and is buried in Midland City Cemetery, Midland, Michigan.

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Police Officer Nicholas Keegan Armstrong
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End of Watch: Saturday, August 6, 2011
Cause: Gunfire

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It's 5am and I'm up grading papers. This was our "prime chat" time (lol). I finally got to develop an entire criminal justice program at the university level and I incorporated a lot of the content from our middle-of-the-night emails. You know, for the longest time, I would come up with an idea and say "I need to send Ryan an email" and then I would remember "Oh I can't send him an email".
So yeah, it's 5am six years later and I still miss you.

Dr. Annise Mabry
Online Criminal Justice Professor
October 23, 2016


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