Police Officer Thomas Edward Decker

Police Officer Thomas Edward Decker

Cold Spring Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thomas Edward Decker

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.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 6402

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 20 gauge
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Tommy, I remember when my mom called me and told me about you. She asked me if I remember Tommy Decker....I said yes, he was my partner for a lot of activities in the academy. I remember the phone call as if it was just hours ago. I think of you often Tommy, especially because I grew up riding my bike past where it happened. I remember after your accident in Kimball, I talked to you about retiring, but you said no you loved the job too much. Every time I see a new story of an officer down I think of you. I know we didn't keep in touch to well after the academy, but your the only one I remember, because of all the stuff we did together...evidence class, defensive tactics, firearms, and driving. Tommy I hope your watching down on all of use who still wear a badge..I'm proud to know you and will never forget you.

Your Academy Partner From Alexandria Tec

May 9, 2018

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