Slain Officer Laid To Rest

By KBJR News 1

December 5, 2012 Updated Dec 5, 2012 at 10:39 PM CDT

Collegevile, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The man who died while serving his community of Cold Spring, Minnesota was laid to rest today.

Officer Tom Decker was shot to death last Thursday while responding to a welfare check that involved a suicidal man.

Thousands of uniformed officers gathered at St. John Abbey's University Church in Collegeville, Minnesota for the funeral services for Officer Tom Decker.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety estimates a total of 32–hundred people were there.

Those attending included the Duluth Police Honor Guard and a delegation of several Northland officers.

Following the service, a procession escorted officer Decker's casket through the community to St. Nicholas Catholic Cemetery in Luxemburg, where he was buried.

Governor Mark Dayton ordered all flags at half–staff in honor of the slain officer.

Wednesday's funeral comes the day after authorities released the main suspect in the shooting, 34 year old Ryan Larson.

He was released due to insufficient evidence.

Authorities are still looking for the 20 gauge shot gun allegedly used to kill officer Decker.

Once found, investigators hope to connect the link to the gunman.

Justin Reis, NNC.
jreis@kbjr.com