Police, volunteers spend Sunday looking for weapon in Cold Spring

7:56 PM, Dec 2, 2012   |    comments
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COLD SPRING, Minn. - Minnesota authorities were joined with several volunteers Sunday continuing the search to find the gun used to kill a Cold Spring police officer last week.

"I thought I might be lucky and find something," said Gary Theisen, a Cold Spring resident. "I know this property pretty well."

Officers could be seen Sunday searching nearby Sauk River and a 28-acre plot of land owned by Cold Spring Granite. The Stearns County sheriff's office put out a request Saturday asking members of the public to keep on the lookout for a discarded weapon. They believe the firearm used was a 20-gauge shotgun.

Authorities are asking Cold Spring residents to check their yards and areas around their homes. The sheriff's office says anyone who finds the weapon should leave it untouched and call 911.

In addition, people who were in the Cold Spring area near the time of the shooting who may have seen or heard anything which may be related to the crime are urged to contact the Stearns County Sheriff's Office at 320-251-4240.

Detectives are investigating the shooting of Officer Tom Decker, who was ambushed late Thursday after being called to check on a man's welfare.

Investigators say several guns were found, but they're still looking for the presumed murder weapon. The 34-year-old shooting suspect was taken into custody Friday.

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