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									MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY


          NEWS RELEASE
          Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications

                                                         Alcohol
           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                              and Gambling Enforcement                                                          CONTACT:
           August 6, 2013                                                                       Jill Oliveira, 651-793-2726
                                                        Bureau of
                                                  Criminal Apprehension
                UPDATE ON INVESTIGATION INTO THE MURDER OF COLD SPRING
                              POLICEDriver
                                         OFFICER TOM DECKER
                                 and Vehicle Services


            ST. PAUL — The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and the Stearns County Sheriff’s
                                    Emergency Communication Networks

                                         active portion of the investigation of the November 29, 2012
            Office have completed the Security and Emergency Management
                                Homeland
            murder of Cold Spring Police Officer Tom Decker. As new information emerges, the
            investigation will continue. In discussions with the Stearns County Attorney, the BCA and
                                               Minnesota
                                               State Patrol
            Stearns County Sheriff’s Office have been advised to leave the case open.
                                                Office of Communications
            Investigators have compiled evidence that would have resulted in Eric Joseph Thomes’ arrest
            for the murder of Officer Tom Decker had Mr. Thomes not taken his own life on January 2,
                                             Office of
                                         Justice Programs
            2013.
                                                        Office of
            Although sufficient probable cause existed to arrest Ryan Michael Larson, continued
                                            Pipeline Safety
            investigation did not reveal sufficient evidence to charge Mr. Larson. At this time, the
                                               Office of
            investigation has provided no information that Mr. Larson participated in Officer Decker’s
                                            Traffic Safety
            murder. There is no known connection between Mr. Thomes and Mr. Larson related to this
            crime.                        State Fire Marshal


            Anyone with additional information related to the shooting or to Mr. Thomes’ actions from
            the time of the shooting to the time of Mr. Thomes’ death is urged to contact the Stearns
            County Sheriff’s Office at 877-782-5683 or the BCA at 877-996-6222 or
            bca.tips@state.mn.us.
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