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Suspect in Cold Spring officer's slaying: 'They're looking at the wrong guy'


The suspect who had been held in the killing of Cold Spring Police Officer Tom Decker says he is innocent and that police have no weapon or fingerprints.

Ryan Larson told the St. Cloud Times in a 10-minute phone interview Tuesday that he was sleeping at the time of the shooting. “They’re looking at the wrong guy,” Larson said in the interview, in which he also calls Decker "a great guy."

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday morning released Larson, WCCO reports.

The county attorney says she still doesn't have enough evidence to charge Ryan Larson in the killing of Cold Spring Police Officer Tom Decker, MPR reports.

The investigation continues. Police are still searching for the gun used in the shooting, and residents helped in the search by combing through their properties. Investigators believe it was a 20-gauge shotgun.

Decker was shot in what investigators called an ambush late Thursday night near Winner's bar when he went to check on a person who was reportedly suicidal.

Members of the public who want to honor the fallen officer are being encouraged to line a funeral procession route, the Associated Press reports. As many as 2,000 police officers from around the nation could participate in the Wednesday funeral, the AP says.

Residents of the town are reeling and searching for answers, the Star Tribune reported. They held a candlelight vigil on Monday, WCCO reports.

Fox 9 lists a number of memorial funds that have been set up to benefit Decker's four children.

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