ST. PAUL - Investigators now say a man who committed suicide would have been arrested and charged with fatal shooting of Cold Spring police officer Tom Decker.
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and the Stearns County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday that they have completed the active portion of the investigation of Decker's November 29, 2012 murder.
In a written release, investigators say they have compiled evidence that would have resulted in the arrest of Eric Joseph Thomes' for Decker's murder, had Thomes not taken his own life on January 2.
Investigators had arrived at Thomes property on that day to question him when he bolted from the home and into an outbuilding. After a standoff that lasted several hours, authorities entered the outbuilding and found that Thomes had hung himself.
Investigators also say that while probable cause existed to arrest Ryan Michael Larson, the original suspect in Decker's murder, continued investigation provided no evidence that Larson participated in Decker's murder or had any connection to Eric Thomes.
While the active part of the investigation has been completed authorities say the Decker case file remains open. They urge anyone with additional information related to the shooting or to Thomes' activities from the time of the shooting to the time of his death to contact the Stearns County Sheriff's Office at 877-782-5683, or the BCA at 877-996-6222.
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