Backup officer in Cold Spring shooting resigns

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The part-time police officer who was on call with Cold Spring Officer Thomas Decker the night he was killed has resigned, the Star Tribune reported.

The actions of Officer Greg Reiter, 39, the night of Nov. 29 later came under scrutiny. When Decker was fatally shot outside a bar, Reiter had retreated from the scene and could provide few details for investigators. It took investigators weeks to find the shotgun they believe was used in the killing, and no one has been charged. Eric J. Thomes, 31, who had come under repeated questioning for the shooting, killed himself Jan. 2, but investigators have not formally said that they believe he was the killer.

Reiter, of St. Joseph, had been working part time for the Cold Spring department, but he submitted a brief resignation letter to the city two weeks ago, city administrator Paul Hetland told the Star Tribune. "He didn't give a reason," Hetland told the newspaper.

A Cold Spring Police Department lawyer said Reiter was not under investigation before he resigned, WCCO reported.

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