Authorities Release More Information in 2012 Cold Spring Police Officer Murder

By KBJR News 1

Authorities Release More Information in 2012 Cold Spring Police Officer Murder

August 6, 2013 Updated Aug 6, 2013 at 10:11 AM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office have completed the active portion of the investigation of the November 29, 2012 murder of Cold Spring Police Officer Tom Decker.

Investigators say they have compiled evidence that would have resulted in Eric Joseph Thomes’ arrest for the murder of Officer Tom Decker had Thomes not taken his own life on January 2nd.

Authorities went on to say that although sufficient probable cause existed to arrest Ryan Michael Larson, continued investigation did not reveal sufficient evidence to charge him in connection with Officer Decker's death.

There was also no evidence that Larson participated in Officer Decker's murder and there is no known connection between Thomes and Larson related to this crime.

The BCA and the Stearns County Sheriff's Office have been advised to leave this case open and will continue to investigate Officer Decker's death.

Anyone with additional information related to the shooting or to Thomes’ actions from the time of the shooting to the time of his death is urged to contact the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns
kburns@kbjr.com

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