Suspect in Officer Shooting Death Released, Visitation Held

By KBJR News 1

December 4, 2012 Updated Dec 5, 2012 at 12:58 AM CDT

St. Cloud, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The top suspect arrested in the shooting death of a Cold Spring Police officer was released from jail Tuesday, the same day people paid their respects to the officer.

The facts and data weren't enough evidence to file charges, the law only provides a limited opportunity to do so. But, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety says the investigation is far from over.

34-year-old Ryan Larson was being held on suspicion of second degree murder of Officer Tom Decker. Police say Decker responded to a welfare check involving a suicidal Larson Thursday night and was shot to death.

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

Meanwhile, family and friends remembered the officer during a visitation at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring. The 31 year-old officer served on the Cold Spring and Richmond Police force since 2006 and leaves behind a wife and four young children.

Tuesday's news of the suspect of being freed didn't sit well with those close to the family.

"We just wanted justice served and to know that he has been released, how can we put a body at rest when there's no justice being served and I'm speaking on behalf of my sister's four children, and my sister and all of Tommy's family, I'm sure," said Roxie Knowels, the aunt of Decker's children.

Funeral services for the slain officer will be held on Wednesday at St. John Abbey's and University Church in Collegeville, Minnesota. Thousands of officers and members of the public are expected to attend.

Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all flags at half-staff.

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