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Suicide connected to Cold Spring cop killing suggests police arrested the wrong man

On Wednesday night, a man connected with Officer Decker's death killed himself.
On Wednesday night, a man connected with Officer Decker's death killed himself.
Officer Tom Decker

:::: UPDATE :::: Eric Thomes killed himself in connection with Officer Decker slaying; murder weapon found

One month ago today, authorities surprisingly released Ryan Larson, the man initially arrested in connection with the murder of Cold Spring Officer Tom Decker, without charging him.

There's been little news about the case since then -- until today, when WCCO published a report about a suicide connected with Officer Decker's November 29 murder.

From WCCO:

[O]n Wednesday night investigators with the Stearns County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension went to a home to interview a man in connection to the unsolved murder...

When investigators got to the home they found the man dead inside. WCCO has learned that this man was a regular at Winners Bar, which is where Decker was outside when he was shot and killed on Nov. 29.

WCCO has also learned that the man police wanted to interview has been arrested for DWIs four times in the past year. Three of those arrests were by Cold Spring Police Officers. The fourth arrest was by Stearns County Deputies.

A tweet from Fox 9's Tom Lyden states the man found dead Wednesday night killed himself. Lyden also says the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Stears County Sheriff's Office will have something to say about the mysterious black van seen leaving the seen of Officer Decker's murder during a 2 p.m. press conference today:

For our report about this afternoon's press conference, click here .


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