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Man Suspected in Killing of Cold Spring Officer Released

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A 34-year-old man accused in the killing of a central Minnesota police officer has been released without charge. Authorities at the Stearns County jail confirm that Ryan Michael Larson was released shortly before noon Tuesday.

Larson says he was sleeping at the time and authorities have the wrong man. He told the St. Cloud Times he is innocent in the death of Cold Spring police Officer Tom Decker.
    
Decker was shot Thursday night near a Cold Spring bar in what officials called an ambush. Police arrested Larson about an hour later. It's not immediately clear if Larson has an attorney.
    

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Stearns County Sheriff's Office say prosecutors have determined that they don't have enough documented evidence to charge Larson at this time, but the investigation continues.

Decker, a father of four, had been with the Cold Spring department for six years. His funeral will be held Wednesday in nearby Collegeville.

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