Suspect in officer's slaying returns to ransacked apartment


The man arrested for the murder of Cold Spring officer Tom Decker returned home this week to find his apartment turned upside down by investigators.

The suspect, 34-year-old Ryan Larson who was released from jail due to lack of evidence, tells WCCO that nothing was left untouched in his apartment above Winner’s Bar and Grill in Cold Spring.

Larson claims police threw his belongings all over the place, boxes and papers covered the floor and some of the walls and floorboards were torn out.

The St. Cloud Times has video of Larson's apartment:

“This isn’t an investigation, it’s vandalism,” he told the television station via text message.

Although Larson is out of jail and has not been charged, investigators have not ruled him out as a suspect.

More details about the investigation were released Monday. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says they are looking for a black minivan with a loud exhaust system seen leaving the scene the night Decker was murdered. A $100,000 reward is being offered for any information leading to an arrest.

A dive team searched the Sauk River Monday afternoon, likely seeking a .20-gauge shotgun that police believe to be the murder weapon.

According to a document released last week, responding officer Greg Reiter says the suspect was seen with handgun.

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