Sunday, December 2, 2012

Cold Springs Police Officer Tom Decker Shot & Killed in the Line of Duty


Even for those who didn't know him, the fatal ambush of a local police officer provoked tears Friday for residents of the small central Minnesota community where he was killed while trying to help a man believed to be suicidal.
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 bar in Cold Springs late Thursday. Investigators said Friday that several guns were found, and the man who was reported to be suicidal was taken into custody.
"He was a policeman trying to help someone. He was called there to help and he went there and was shot doing his job," said Donna Knaus, a manager at Cold Spring Bakery not far from the crime scene. "It's horrible."
Many other residents of Cold Spring, a city of about 4,000 residents about 75 miles northwest of Minneapolis, became teary-eyed when asked about Decker. The officer grew up on a farm south of town, and after graduating from college, worked at several small Minnesota police departments before coming home for what he called his dream job.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Godspeed young warrior.

Anonymous said...

A sad story indeed. RIP.

Anonymous said...

May St. Michael the Arch Angel meet you at the Gates Officer.RIP.

Anonymous said...

RIP OFFICER, to young to have this happen. GOD BLESS YOU and your loved ones, a real tragedy. MY prayers are with you all,OLD CPD.