Cold Springs police officer Tom Decker was responding to a call of a potential suicide when he was killed behind a local sports bar, according to the Star Tribune. Local community college student Ryan Michael Larson, 34, is being held as a suspect.
According to the Huffington Post, investigators believe the killing to have been an ambush, but would not elaborate. The officer had been wearing a bulletproof vest, but according to the Star Tribune, Decker had been shot in the face.
Larson had a permit to carry a weapon, and owned several guns, but according to the Star Tribune, many who knew Larson were surprised by the news that he was a suspect. Jeff Scoles, who owns the bar with his parents and had spent much of the day with Larson, said he hoped Larson is cleared. "I don't see him as a murderer," Scoles said, according to the Star Tribune.