Thousands attend funeral for slain officer

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More than 3,000 people, including 2,000 law enforcement personnel from surrounding states and Canada, attended the funeral Wednesday for Tom Decker, the Cold Spring police officer shot to death last week, the Star Tribune, Pioneer Press and Saint Cloud Times reported.

The 31-year-old Decker was shot to death behind a downtown Cold Spring bar last week, according to reports. Decker was responding to a call by the family of 34-year-old Ryan Michael Larson at the time of the shooting. Larson lives above the bar.

Larson's family said Larson was texting them suicidal messages the day of the shooting. Larson was taken into custody a couple of hours after the shooting, but he was released Tuesday.

Stearns County authorities said they didn't have sufficient evidence to hold him, according to the Saint Cloud Times.

Decker is survived by his wife Alicia and four kids.

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