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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

Weapon: Shotgun; 20 gauge

Offender: 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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Almost 3yrs ago I lost my partner and best friend Officer Thomas Edward Decker badge # 6402. Since then nothing has been the same, up to this day I listen to my radio in the AM thinking your are going 10-42. it's hard not to hear your stories of any of the stops that you made, The day you were taken from us both your partner then and myself have not been the same, we cope with the loss but also we know that some day we will join you and walk the beats in heaven as you are doing now. So watch over us from the heavens above as we watch over the people you left behind. You have done a job well done, it is your time to rest and we will take it from here.

Miss you my friend.

Police Officer Ruben Zayas 6407
Cold Spring Police
February 10, 2015


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