Suspect in Cold Spring police officer death released - KMSP-TV

Suspect in Cold Spring police officer death released without charges

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COLD SPRING, Minn. (KMSP) -

Ryan Larson, the man arrested in connection with the shooting death of Cold Spring police officer Tom Decker, was released Tuesday without charges.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office said Larson, 34, was released at 11:48 a.m. and was given a ride to an undisclosed location by deputies.

The Stearns County attorney had until noon Tuesday to file charges against Larson, who was being held on pending charges of second-degree murder.  In consultation with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Stearns County Sheriff's Office, the county attorney determined there is not enough evidence to charge or hold Larson any longer.

The investigation into Decker's death will continue.

"Our agencies have reviewed the investigative data collected thus far and must act within the time allotted by law, within the constraints of the law, and based upon the facts known at this time," said Stearns County Attorney Janelle Kendall.

Officer Tom Decker, 31, was ambushed and shot twice Thursday night behind Winner's Bar in Cold Spring while responding to a report of a suicidal man.

"Investigators will not rest until we fully determine what happened the night of Officer Decker's death and bring to account those responsible," said BCA assistant superintendent Drew Evans.

BCA agents and other investigators used the 24-hour charging extension to look for the shotgun used to kill Decker and to conduct interviews to bolster their case.

Anyone with information regarding this crime or the whereabouts of the 20-gauge shotgun believed to be the murder weapon is urged to contact the Stearns County Sheriff's Office at 320-251-4240.

Several funds have been set up for those who are interested in helping Officer Decker's family.

Tom Decker Memorial Fund
State Bank of Cold Spring
PO Box 415
Cold Spring, MN 56320

Tom Decker Memorial Fund
1st National Bank of Cold Spring
PO Box 416
Cold Spring, MN 56320

Tom Decker Memorial Fund
Central Minnesota Credit Union
202 Red River Avenue South
Cold Spring, MN 56320

Tom Decker Memorial Fund
All Wells Fargo locations


On Tuesday, Gov. Mark Dayton ordered that all U.S. and Minnesota flags will be flown at half staff on Wednesday in Decker's honor between sunrise and sunset.

Decker, 31, was a six-year veteran of the Cold Spring Police Department, and was also a native son of the town. He leaves behind a wife and four young children. Funeral services are set for Wednesday.

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