Police Officer Nick Armstrong Rapid City Police Department, South Dakota EoW: Sunday, August 7, 2011

Police Officer Nick Armstrong | Rapid City Police Department, South DakotaRapid City Police Department, South Dakota

Police Officer
Nick Armstrong

Rapid City Police Department, South Dakota
End of Watch: Sunday, August 7, 2011

Biographical Info

Age: 27
Tour of Duty: 4 years
Badge Number: 577

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: August 2, 2011
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Agency Contact Information

Rapid City Police Department
300 Kansas City Street
Suite 200
Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone: (605) 394-4131

Officer Nick Armstrong and Officer J. Ryan McCandless 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 Armstrong had served with the Rapid City Police Department for two years and had previously served two years with the Spearfish Police Department.

Rapid City Police Officer Nick Armstrong, 27, died Sunday at Rapid City Regional Hospital as a result of his injuries from an August 2 shooting.

Officer Armstrong was a two-year veteran of the RCPD, and was born and raised in Rapid City.

Nick served as a police officer with the Spearfish Police Department for two years, before joining the RCPD in July 2009. He had been serving on the Street Crimes Unit since April of this year. He was patrolling on a bicycle when he was shot.

Officer Armstrong came from a family that was highly dedicated to serving the public; his father, Bill Armstrong, is a retired Captain with the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, and one of his brothers is a firefighter.

Police Chief Steve Allender recently honored Nick with the Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart medals for his heroic actions in the line of duty. Sunday, Nick became a hero again, giving new life to many through the gift of organ donation.

Funeral arrangements for Officer Armstrong will be released at a later date.

Three Rapid City police officers were shot during a routine stop on the afternoon of August 2.

Officer Ryan McCandless, 28, died later that day. Officer Tim Doyle was shot in the face, and is currently recovering from his injuries.

A memorial fund has been set up at Black Hills Federal Credit Union to support the officers and their families. Donations can be dropped off at any BHFCU location, or mailed to: RCPD Fallen Officers Memorial Fund, BHFCU, PO Box 1420, Rapid City SD 57709.

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1 Response to “Police Officer Nick Armstrong Rapid City Police Department, South Dakota EoW: Sunday, August 7, 2011”


  1. 1 Larry Sauer August 12, 2011 at 22:46

    May Jesus comfort these officers families of this senseless tragedy.


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