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Associated Press, Published August 04 2011

Man suspected of killing South Dakota police officer dies

RAPID CITY, S.D. – A man suspected of killing a South Dakota police officer and wounding two others during a gun battle died Wednesday at a hospital, the police chief said.

According to The Associated Press, Rapid City Police Chief Steven Allender said Daniel Tiger, 22, died at Rapid City Regional Hospital. Allender did not give a cause of death for Tiger, who was from Rapid City.

Officer James Ryan McCandless, 28, was killed, while Officer Nick Armstrong, 27, was severely wounded and remained in critical condition Wednesday. A third officer shot, Tim Doyle, 39, was listed in fair condition, a hospital spokeswoman said. Doyle is believed to originally be from Minnesota, according to reports.

Investigators say they still don’t know why Tiger opened fire on the officers Tuesday. Allender said the officers approached Tiger and three of his acquaintances on a street in the western South Dakota city of about 63,000 people. They had received complaints about the group and determined a minor alcohol violation had been committed.

About 10 minutes into the confrontation, police said Tiger pulled a gun and fired on the officers. At least one officer fired back, striking the suspect, they said.

“From my view, those three officers are heroes,” Allender told the AP. “They were attacked by a guy spraying bullets in their direction. They reacted heroically. They returned fire.”

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