Decker shooting investigation completed

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Aug 6, 2013 at 11:36 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KNSI) The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension announced today that the active investigation into last November's shooting death of Cold Spring policeman Tom Decker is completed, but the case remains open in the event new information emerges.

The B-C-A says investigators compiled evidence that would have resulted in Eric Thomes' (pictured) arrest for the murder of Decker had Thomes not hung himself on January 2nd.

The B-C-A says it had sufficient probable cause to arrest Ryan Larson, who was held in the Stearns County Jail for several days, but their continued investigation did not reveal sufficient evidence to charge him. The B-C-A says there is no known connection between Thomes and Larson related to Decker's death.

The B-C-A says after discussions with the Stearns County Attorney, the B-C-A and Stearns County Sheriff's Office have been advised to leave the case open in the event that new information emerges.

B-C-A spokeswomabn Jill Oliveira says the agency will not comment further. Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner also declined comment.

Decker was shot and killed on November 29th when he and officer Greg Reiter responded to a call in Cold Spring. Reiter has since resigned.

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