Search for Decker's killer leads to Mpls, but case remains unsolved

  • Article by: CURT BROWN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 7, 2012 - 1:50 PM

A Minneapolis drug raid didn't help solve the killing of Cold Spring officer Tom Decker.

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A small memorial was left for Officer Tom Decker, who was shot and killed on the job last week, behind the bar likely near where he was shot and killed in Cold Spring, Minn., on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. The bar is at right.

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The hunt for the killer of Cold Springs police officer Tom Decker led police to serve a narcotics warrant in Minneapolis this week, but the search didn't lead to any breaks in the case, according to two sources.

Minneapolis police spokesman Bill Palmer confirmed there was a raid Wednesday night at a known drug house in the 2800 block of 14th Ave. S. and that one person was taken into custody and turned over to Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Palmer didn't know if it was connected to the Decker case.

But two sources tell the Star Tribune it was related to the officer's slaying, but didn't do anything to help solve the Nov. 29 killing.

BCA spokeswoman Jill Oliveria said Friday that investigators have not ruled anyone out as a potential suspect in this case and the weapon believed to have killed Decker, a .20-gauge shotgun, has not yet been located.

Curt Brown • 612-673-4767

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