Gov. Dayton offers sympathies to Cold Spring police officer’s family

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A Cold Spring police officer was shot and killed late Thursday night, Nov. 29. He has been identified as Thomas Decker, 31, of Cold Spring.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton  the following statement regarding the police officer who was fatally shot last night in the line of duty:

“Cold Springs Police Officer Tom Decker was senselessly murdered last night, while acting in the line of duty.  On behalf of the people of Minnesota, I extend my deepest sympathies to his family and to the Cold Springs Police Department for their tragic loss of an outstanding officer, father, and friend.   Officer Decker died, while protecting his fellow citizens.  For his heroism, we will be forever grateful.”

A suspect in the shooting has been identified as 34-year-old Ryan Michael Larson.   It was believed that Decker was ambushed near an apartment above Winners Sports Bar and Grill.

Decker is married with four children.


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