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November 30, 2012
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Crime scene tape crosses Main Street between Third Avenue South and Fifth Avenue South early Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in Cold Spring, Minn., after a Cold Spring police officer was fatally shot while conducting a routine check near a bar.

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An officer with a gun stops a vehicle from entering downtown Cold Spring, Minn., early Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at a gas station on the corner of Red River Avenue and Minnesota Highway 23, after a Cold Spring police officer was fatally shot while conducting a routine check near a bar.

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A Stearns County Sheriff’s deputy stands at a perimeter at the corner of Main Street and Third Avenue in Cold Spring, Minn., early Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, after a Cold Spring police officer was fatally shot while conducting a routine check near a bar.

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Cold Spring, Minn., Police Officer Tom Decker’s sister Shelly, brother Eddie, father John and mother Rosella remember their brother and son in the kitchen of their family farm near Cold Spring Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. Decker was killed while on duty while doing a welfare check.

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Police and sheriff vehicles followed behind the hearse carrying the body of fallen police officer Tom Decker as they go to Wenners Funeral home in Cold Spring, Min., Friday November 30, 2012. 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 near a downtown bar in Cold Springs on Thursday night. Investigators said Friday that several guns were found, and the man who was reported to be suicidal was taken into custody.

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Cold Spring Police Chief Bill Jones, right, and Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner answer questions at a news conference at Cold Spring City Hall Friday Nov. 30, 2012 after police officer Tom Decker was shot and killed outside Winner’s Sports Bar and Grill in Cold Spring late Thursday night. Decker was responding to a report of a suicidal man late Thursday when he was shot twice after getting out of his squad car near an apartment behind a bar in downtown Cold Spring. He died at the scene. Ryan Michael Larson, 34, of Cold Spring, was being held Friday on suspicion of second-degree murder. The county attorney’s office was considering criminal charges.