Cold Spring police chief: 'Best team' working officer slaying case


It's been nearly two weeks since a Cold Spring police officer was killed, and no suspect has been arrested. No weapon has been found.

And investigators are sharing almost no details. All that has left people in the town of 4,000 to speculate as to what happened that night – and there are many theories floating around, KARE 11 reports.

In a rare interview, Police Chief Phil Jones tells MPR, "I'm confident that we have the best team available working on this case." The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Stearns County Sheriff's Office are leading the investigation. Cold Spring officers are "standing down," Jones tells MPR.

Jones also said Decker had a talent for handling people in crisis during high-stress calls. Decker was commended for handling another suicide-call case last year, MPR reports.

Decker, 31, a father of four, was fatally shot after he went to check on a man reported to be suicidal.

Ryan Larson was initially arrested in the case, but he was not charged and was released.

Next Up

moose minnesota usfws - flickr

MN homeowner mistakes large tent for dead moose

They spotted two people on a security camera dragging the "moose" across a driveway.

Flickr - minneapolis police officer close-up belt camera - Tony Webster

What happens if Mpls. public safety question passes? City memo provides answers

The memo was sent to the mayor and council members Tuesday morning.


COVID-19 hits Minnesota Wild coaching staff

The Wild will be shorthanded for Tuesday night's game in Vancouver.

Anthony Edwards

Ant takes alpha role after bad loss: 'We need to lock the f*** in'

The Timberwolves' rising star was not happy after Monday's loss to the Pelicans.

parker eisinger

Lakeville football player diagnosed with cancer week before playoffs

The tenth-grader was diagnosed with a form of cancer most commonly found in people aged 65 and older.

University of Minnesota peeping tom suspect

Someone keeps trying to film showering women at U of M

The university has received three reports in the past two weeks.

john Fluevog shoes 1

John Fluevog Shoes closes its Uptown Minneapolis store

The brand could return to the Twin Cities one day.

sidecar drink

Sidecar — Town Hall's new cocktail lounge — is officially open in Minneapolis

It's the fifth Town Hall location, but the first to focus on cocktails.

Screen Shot 2019-07-18 at 9.10.30 AM

Here's where DFLers stand on Minneapolis' public safety ballot question

The question would create a Department of Public Safety and remove some requirements.

Arthur Kollie

Man pleads guilty to brutal murder of 14-year-old girl in Fargo

The 14-year-old girl was the victim of a random attack outside a Fargo strip mall.

Minneapolis Mayoral Candidates 2021 - jacob frey sheila nezhad kate knuth

Here's who has endorsed the frontrunners for Minneapolis mayor

Politicians and community groups are voicing their opinions.