Cold Spring, Minnesota police officer was killed in an ambush while trying to help what was believed to be a suicidal man Thursday, news sources report.
Officer Tom Decker, a six-year veteran and father of four, was checking on the status of a man's welfare when he was fatally shot. Decker was getting out of the squad car near a Cold Springs bar Thursday night. Investigators said that several guns were found and placed the suicidal man in custody Friday, Huffington Post Crime reports.
The gun used to kill officer Decker was not found, the Stearns County Sheriff's Office requested the public to lookout for a discarded weapon, suspected to be a 20-gauge shotgun, and for whoever finds it to leave it untouched and call 911, the Duluth News Tribune reports.
"It' a terrible, terrible thing in a community this size," Florence Benson, 72, of Rockville said. "Just about everybody knows everybody - especially police officers." Ryan Michael Larson of Cold Spring, 34, was held on suspicion of second-degree murder Friday, criminal charges are being considered, West Central Tribune reports.