COLD SPRING, Minn. -- The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has officially cleared a man who was arrested for the November shooting death of Cold Spring Police officer Tom Decker.
State investigators say at the time they had "sufficient probable cause" to arrest Ryan Larson in the murder of Officer Tom Decker.
Decker had been called to a welfare call at Larson's apartment above Winner's Bar in Cold Spring on Nov. 29, 2012.
Decker was shot in the parking lot heading into that call. Larson was arrested a short time later.
Investigators now say there is no information connecting Larson to the case, but there is enough evidence that ties Eric Thomes, who killed himself in January, to Decker's murder.
The BCA says they would have had enough evidence to arrest Thomes near the time he took his own life.
The information released on Monday gives some sort of finality to the story, but Tom Decker's older brother, Billy, said he wasn't comfortable saying it gives his family closure. He said they still remain without a reason as to why Tom was killed in the first place.
Billy Decker says because the main suspect, Thomes, took his own life that question will never get answered.
Decker says for the last eight months his family has heard rumors upon rumors floating around the Cold Spring community but no real information as to why Decker was shot and killed.
"What gets me angry is that someone has to kill my brother, that Thomes, then he kills himself. Why couldn't he just kill himself instead of killing my brother," Billy Decker asked.
Ryan Larson did not respond to repeated phone calls and text messages from multiple KARE 11 reporters.
The BCA says it will still investigate this case if new information comes to light, but currently the active investigation is over.
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