Investigation continues in death of Cold Spring officer

5:27 PM, Dec 14, 2012   |    comments
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Tom Decker

COLD SPRING, Minn. - Cold Spring is decorated for Christmas, but there is a pall over the annual observance.

Residents in this central Minnesota city are frustrated by the absence of an identified killer of a police officer. On Nov. 29, Officer Tom Decker, 31, was shot to death outside a bar in the middle of the city.

"I think people are a little frustrated and want some answers, definitely," said Steve Rausch, Cold Spring resident.

Police took a man into custody immediately after the shooting, but released him three days later, indicating that there was not enough evidence to charge him with the crime. The 34-year-old man lived above the Winner's Bar on Main Street.

"The people just want them to get the person that did do it. If it is him, I hope they can prove it. If it is not, I hope they can find some other evidence that will lead them to whoever did do it," said Rausch.

Published reports in the Star Tribune indicate that investigators are stymied by the lack of information from a part-time officer assigned with Decker on the night of the shooting.

Reports also indicate that investigators are planning to scour the nearby Sauk River with sonar. They have been searching for a 20-gauge shotgun believed to be the murder weapon.

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