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Sculpture placed for fallen Rapid City officers

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RAPID CITY (AP) — Rapid City officials have dedicated a sculpture to honor two police officers killed in a 2011 shooting.

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The Rapid City Journal reports that the sculpture was dedicated Friday at Founders Park to honor Officers Ryan McCandless and Nick Armstrong. The two officers were shot during what authorities described as a routine stop.

The fallen officers' families helped select the sculpture's site and attended the ceremony, along with a couple hundred others.

The mixed-medium sculpture features two bronze eagles soaring above granite pillars and curved stainless-steel shafts. Rapid City artist James Van Nuys crafted the eagles. Sculptor Dale Lanphere shaped the stainless steel shafts supporting the eagles.

Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris said the sculpture was a gift to the city from the Armstrong and McCandless families with the assistance of others.

The Armstrong and McCandless families contributed all of the memorial money they received from the community after their sons' deaths, Jegeris said.

"It was their desire to give it back," he said.

A third officer, Tim Doyle, was injured in the shooting. He has recovered and returned to work.

Doyle spoke briefly during the dedication about his fellow officers.

"As I think about Nick and Ryan looking in on us today, I imagine they have no regrets. No regrets for choosing this profession. No regrets for serving the people of Rapid City," he said.

"I take heart in that and I hope you all do," Doyle told the crowd.

The suspect in the shooting, Daniel Tiger, was shot by officers and died the next day.

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