RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Rapid City artist is working on a lasting memorial for two police officers who died in a shootout exactly two years ago.
Officers Ryan McCandless and Nick Armstrong were killed after a man pulled a handgun during what authorities described as a routine stop in Rapid City on Aug. 2, 2011.
The police department chose James Van Nuys to create the memorial. The mixed-medium sculpture will feature two bronze eagles soaring above granite pillars and curved stainless-steel shafts.
The project is expected to be completed next summer.
Van Nuys tells the Rapid City Journal (http://bit.ly/1clvV5H) that he hopes the artwork will help show the community's support for law enforcement officers.
A third officer, Tim Doyle, was injured in the shootout. He has recovered and returned to work.