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Minnesota Police Officer Shot, Killed In Line Of Duty

Friday, November 30th, 2012 at 11:51 am

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating the shooting death of a Cold Spring Police Department officer.

The Associated Press reports that 31-year old Officer Tom Decker was shot and killed around 11 p.m. Thursday night near Winner’s Bar on Main Street in Cold Spring as Decker and his partner conducted a welfare check at a nearby apartment.

Officer Decker died at the scene. Authorities say he was shot twice, after leaving his vehicle to do a welfare check. The BCA said it appears Decker was ambushed by the suspect.

Law enforcement agencies from across the region along with the Minnesota State Patrol launched a search for the suspect.

Within an hour, Stearns County SWAT team investigators took Ryan Michael Larson, 34, of Cold Spring into custody. Larson was booked into the Stearns County Jail on murder charges early this morning.

Decker leaves behind a wife and four young children. His parents live on a farm where Decker grew up, south of Cold Spring.

Officer Decker spent more than 10 years in law enforcement in Mille Lacs, Meeker and Stearns counties and had worked as an officer with the Cold Spring Police Department since March 2006.

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