Officer Tom Decker, a six-year veteran and father of four, had gone to check on a man's welfare when he was fatally shot after getting out of his squad car, West Central Tribune said.
Both newspapers report that Decker was shot by 34-year-old Ryan Michael Larson. Cold Spring officers had stopped at Larson's second-floor apartment in downtown Cold Spring less than two hours before the shooting, but he didn't come to the door.
Decker and his partner then returned to the apartment, when he was shot. Family members of Larson had called police to inform them that he might be suicidal.
Records show that Larson was convicted of misdemeanor disorderly conduct in Stearns County in 2009. As part of a plea deal, he served one day in jail and had a three-month sentence stayed. In addition, he agreed to undergo domestic abuse counseling. A no-contact order was issued. Court files indicated he violated his probation in 2010, according to the Pioneer Press.