Skip to main content

Cold Spring: searching for a shotgun ... and an answer to 'Why?'

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Volunteers in Cold Spring helped law enforcement search for a shotgun that authorities believe was used in the fatal shooting of a police officer last week. KARE-11 reports searchers combed areas including the Sauk River and a parcel owned by Cold Spring Granite. They're looking for the weapon used in the killing of Cold Spring Police Officer Tom Decker, who was shot to death in an alley as he responded to a call late Thursday.

The suspect in custody in connection with Decker's killing was the man whose welfare police were asked to check on by a caller concerned he was suicidal. Police describe the shooting that followed as an ambush.

Having the suspected shooter behind bars is not all that Cold Spring residents want. One told the Star Tribune "We need to know, why did it happen? What snapped in this person?"

The incident also brings out difficult memories of previous violent tragedies in the area. Fox 9 reports having lived through another police shooting in a neighboring town and a school shooting at their own high school doesn't make things any easier for the people of Cold Spring.

KMSP-TV

Meanwhile, the town is preparing for Wednesday's funeral service for Decker. KSTP reports law enforcement officers from around the country will descend on the service at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville.

Next Up

RestaurantFireSTP

St. Paul restaurant damaged in Sunday night fire

The fire department said the fire is considered to be "accidental."

Lake Superior.

MPCA: Minnesota's emissions fell by 23% between 2005 and 2020

Clean energy investments have driven the decline.

Dave Durenberger

Former U.S. Senator for Minnesota Dave Durenberger dies at 88

Durenberger served two terms before his disgraceful exit in the mid-1990s.

Screen Shot 2023-01-31 at 10.17.33 AM

Two new breweries join Minneapolis, St. Paul downtowns

There are new spots in North Loop and Lowertown.

driver's license

'Driver's Licenses For All' bill passes Minnesota House, heads to Senate

It would allow Minnesotans to obtain it without needing proof of legal presence in the U.S.

LawlessCocktailRoomIGLawless

Lawless Distilling in south Minneapolis abruptly closes its doors

The company stated "the wear and tear of the pandemic has taken its toll."

image

Charges: Driver had been drinking at party before striking teens, killing one

The victims were walking home from Walmart at the time of the crash, according to court documents.

Screen Shot 2023-01-30 at 4.32.08 PM

State: Beltrami County Jail conditions present imminent risk of 'life-threatening harm'

The state is taking action to force changes at the Beltrami County Jail.

Related