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"So I met with the parents and told them that I was sorry that their son had died and that he had been involved in this whole thing," Allender said. "And I just wanted to let them know that it wasn their fault."

Steve Allender has been Chief of Police in Rapid City for seven years. He was in charge of the department in August of 2011 when a shootout in North Rapid killed two officers and their assailant and left a third officer seriously wounded.

Allender approach was crucial, says Native American newspaper publisher Tim Giago, who has spoken out in the past on concerns about racism in Rapid City law enforcement.

Tim Doyle says Allender support to him and his family helped his recovery and return to work. Now the school liaison officer Rapid Nike Uptempo More City Central, Doyle says Allender was the perfect leader at a terrible time.

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"When I come out here and stand here on the site, really all I see is images," Allender said. "You know, I see the bullet hole that is still in the brick over there and I visualize the things I saw that day that are kind Nike Air Max Uptempo Size 7

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That meant dealing with a potentially explosive race issue. Tiger was Native American, in a town with a history of tense relationships between the police and some Native people. Allender defused things with measured statements and an outreach to Tiger family.

Allender appreciates that respect, and hints that he might end up back in public service work in retirement. The two previous Rapid City police chiefs, Tom Hennies and Craig Tieszen, both served in the state Legislature after retirement. And Allender admits to an interest in politics.

end of the month after more than 30 years of police work in western South Dakota.

But whatever he does, he take that awful August day and its impacts along with him.

It was a freak explosion of violence during what appeared to be the routine stop of four subjects on the afternoon of Aug, 2, 2011.

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"Well, I guess I be lying if I said it didn have some impact on my decision to retire now," Allender said.

RAPID CITY, SD The Chief of the Rapid City Police Department will be retiring at the Nike Uptempo Black Grey White

"He stepped up and he just had a way, I think, of knowing what everyone needed to hear," Doyle said. "I mean, He had to consider the police department, the community, you know, everything all at once. And he was, for a period of time, kind of the face of the city."

"In hindsight, looking back, something happened to me around that time. Either as a result of the incident or the aftermath, that kind of has changed, changed something in me," Allender said. "And that change led, I think to a slightly shorter career."

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"You know, I was really amazed that what could have turned into something ugly, he handled it in such a way that the whole community, including the Indian community, really came together on it," Giago said. "I think they saw that what happened was wrong. And Chief Allender handled it in such a way that he brought people Nike Uptempo Mens

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"Well, you know that first day was a blur. I have so much of that month that I don remember and probably will never remember, because I was tired and they were long days and they were very emotional days," Allender said.

Officers Ryan McCandless and Nick Armstrong died after 22 year old Daniel Tiger suddenly pulled a gun and opened fire at close range. Officer Tim Doyle was serious wounded but survived returned to the force. Tiger sustained lethal wounds and died later at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

It burned in the mind of the community, too. And it something that Allender admits played into his decision to retire, at 52, from the chief position he took on seven years ago.

In those difficult days and weeks after the shooting, Allender would have an especially important role in the department and in the community.

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together rather than causing division. And I respect him for that."

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