Man Released in Slaying of Cold Spring Officer
Posted at: 12/04/2012 12:00 AM
| Updated at: 12/04/2012 10:53 PM
By: AMY FORLITI, Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A 34-year-old man accused in last week's killing of a Cold Spring police officer has been released without being charged.
Authorities at the Stearns County jail confirm that Ryan Michael Larson was released shortly before noon Tuesday.
He told the St. Cloud Times from jail on Sunday that he was sleeping at the time of the shooting, and is innocent.
Larson was arrested in connection with last Thursday's slaying of Cold Spring Officer Tom Decker.
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Stearns County Sheriff's Office say prosecutors have determined they don't have enough documented evidence to charge Larson at this time.
They have not been able to find the weapon used in the shooting.
The investigation is ongoing. Authorities from the BCA they will not rest until they find out what happened to Decker.
Decker, a father of four, had been with the Cold Spring department for six years. His funeral will be held Wednesday in nearby Collegeville.
Law enforcement from the Northland region will be attending the funeral.
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