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Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
Jill Oliveira  651-793-2726
August 06, 2013
Update on investigation into the murder of Cold Spring Police Officer Tom Decker

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) 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. As new information emerges, the investigation will continue. In discussions with the Stearns County Attorney, the BCA and Stearns County Sheriff’s Office have been advised to leave the case open.

Investigators have compiled evidence that would have resulted in Eric Joseph Thomes’ arrest for the murder of Officer Tom Decker had Mr. Thomes not taken his own life on January 2, 2013.

Although sufficient probable cause existed to arrest Ryan Michael Larson, continued investigation did not reveal sufficient evidence to charge Mr. Larson. At this time, the investigation has provided no information that Mr. Larson participated in Officer Decker’s murder. There is no known connection between Mr. Thomes and Mr. Larson related to this crime.

Anyone with additional information related to the shooting or to Mr. Thomes’ actions from the time of the shooting to the time of Mr. Thomes’ death is urged to contact the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office at 877-782-5683 or the BCA at 877-996-6222 or

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