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Because investigators haven’t said who else was in the alley, Boucher thinks Larson remains in the mix, despite the BCA statement that said, “At this time, the investigation has provided no information that Mr. Larson participated in Officer Decker’s murder.”
Said Boucher: “There again, we don’t know who was all there that night, do we? So it doesn’t really clear Larson to that extent.”
However, BCA spokeswoman Jill Oliveira was more specific in clearing Larson.
“At this point, we believe there is no information that he participated in Officer Decker’s murder,” she said. “Although there is a past connection between the suspect and Mr. Larson, there is no connection we determined that was related to the crime.”
Larson did not respond to messages seeking comment. After his release, he gave multiple interviews declaring his innocence and said he was never suicidal the night Decker and part-time officer Greg Reiter responded to a welfare check at his apartment above the bar after his concerned family called police. Reiter has since left the department.
Murder weapon identified
Boucher said that one thing now cleared up for him is that the murder weapon was indeed a shotgun found in Thomes’ possession.
“Obviously they recovered the shotgun that was used that night,” the interim chief said. “We’re not looking for that gun anymore; that’s resolved.”
Sanner said much of the investigation involved DNA and other laboratory testing, as well as pursuing tips from potential witnesses from the night of Decker’s death.
Anyone with additional information related to the shooting or Thomes’ actions around that time is urged to call the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office at 877-782-5683 or the BCA at 877-996-6222.
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