Police Officer Thomas Edward Decker

Police Officer Thomas Edward Decker

Cold Spring Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Thursday, November 29, 2012

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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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Officer Decker,

Almost eight years ago, I was a rookie cop who had just finished FTO.

I was just starting a dog watch shift when radio traffic came on LTAC-1 (emergency statewide channel in MN). Before anyone mentioned an officer being down, I knew. I could hear the pain and sense the emotion in the responding officer’s voices.

I will always remember that. I can tell you exactly what intersection I was at.

I will always remember you. I will never forget the sacrifice you made, and your family you left behind.

To your family; i’m so sorry this happened. I’m so sorry you never received the closure you deserved. Even though I never met Tom, I will continue the good fight in his honor.

Anonymous Police Officer
MN Police Department

August 15, 2020

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