Lakeville Police to Attend Slain Officer Tom Decker's Funeral

The funeral of Cold Spring Police Officer Tom Decker, who was shot and killed in the line of duty last week, will start at 11 a.m. at St. John's Abbey and University Church in Collegeville.

Lakeville Police Chief Thomas Vonof said he and 12-14 other Lakeville Police Officers will be at today's funeral for Tom Decker, a Cold Spring police officer who was gunned down in the line of duty last week.

It's estimated that 2,500 police officers from across the state will be on hand to pay their respects and offer support.

The funeral for Officer Decker begins at 11 a.m. at St. John's Abbey and University Church in Collegeville, MN. Burial is scheduled for 1 p.m. at St. Nicholas Catholic Cemetery in Luxemburg, MN.

According to the Star Tribune, the program for the Decker's mass of Christian burial notes that "Thomas Edward Decker was born Nov. 2, 1981, baptized Nov. 15, 1981, and 'entered eternal life' on Nov. 29, 2012."

Meanwhile, Ryan Michael Larson, the man arrested on suspicion of shooting Cold Spring police officer Tom Decker, was released from Stearns County jail yesterday because of a lack of sufficient evidence for charges, reported the Star Tribune today.

According to an Associated Press report posted on abcnews.com, investigation into the killing of Decker continues. Authorities were still looking for the 20-gauge shotgun that is believed to be the murder weapon, officials said.

Lakeville lost a police officer in 2010—though not in the line of duty—when Officer Brigham Strole, a 20-year veteran of the Lakeville Police Department, was killed in a motorcycle accident near his home.


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