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Police Officer Thomas Edward Decker | Cold Spring Police Department, Minnesota Cold Spring Police Department, Minnesota

Police Officer

Thomas Edward Decker

Cold Spring Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch: Thursday, November 29, 2012

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 10 years

Badge # 6402

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 11/29/2012

Weapon: Shotgun; 20 gauge

Suspect: Committed suicide

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Police Officer Tom Decker was shot and killed as he and his partner performed a welfare check on a man whose family believed was suicidal.

Officers had attempted to make contact with the subject at his apartment but were not successful. They returned to the scene approximately two hours later. As Officer Decker exited his patrol car in an alley behind the apartment he was ambushed and shot twice with a 20-gauge shotgun. He was fatally wounded despite wearing his vest.

The subject officers had initially attempted to contact was arrested and held in connection with Officer Decker's murder but was later released. One month later a second suspect committed suicide as investigators attempted to question him during the follow up investigation. The gun used to murder Officer Decker was found on property the suspect had access to.

Officer Decker had served with the Cold Spring Police Department for six years. He had previously served with the Isle Police Department and Kimbal Police Department for an additional four years. He is survived by his wife and four children.

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Tommy, I never had the pleasure of meeting you. However, I have heard a lot about you. You were the type of man I hope my boys would grow up to be. Your memory lives on in those whom loved you. And they are many. Godspeed officer, You are not forgotten.

Billie Massingham
Civilian
April 18, 2014

 

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