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.

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