Big questions linger as Cold Spring officer laid to rest


Cold Spring, Minn., Police Officer Tom Decker was laid to rest after a Wednesday funeral service and procession that drew several thousand, including an estimated 2,000 law enforcement officers from around the state and nation. The St. Cloud Times reports that among the very last to leave his grave site was Decker's wife, who will now raise their four young children without him. MPR has a number of dramatic images from the day.

"It was a funeral befitting a hero," Cold Spring Police Chief Phil Jones said in the Star Tribune. "Now it's time to catch a killer."

Attention on the investigation is intensifying, as questions nag at residents of the town still reeling from the fatal shooting last week. Decker was killed when he went to check on a man who was reportedly suicidal, authorities have said.

Among the questions: Where's the weapon? Investigators are still searching for the 20-gauge shotgun they believe was used in the killing.

And biggest of all: Who did it? The man who was initially arrested in the case, Ryan Larson, 34, was not charged and he was released Tuesday. Larson said he is innocent, although investigators still consider him a suspect.

Larson gave a brief interview to Fox 9, saying he wanted Wednesday to be about honoring the memory and service of Decker. He expressed a similar sentiment in a text sent to WCCO.

Transcripts show confusion after the shooting, Fox 9 reports.

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