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Six-year veteran Tom Decker died late Thursday after being shot twice during a w

Escort, guard for fallen Cold Spring police officer

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COLD SPRING, Minn. (AP) — Police agencies in Minnesota are according the highest respect to a Cold Spring officer killed in the line of duty.

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Six-year veteran Tom Decker died late Thursday after being shot twice during a welfare check. A 34-year-old man is being held on suspicion of his murder.

Decker's body was accompanied by a police escort to and from St. Paul on Friday for a preliminary autopsy by the Ramsey County medical examiner. About 30 cars, with lights flashing, were alongside on the road back to Cold Spring.

Chief Phil Jones says Decker's body will be guarded 24 hours a day until his funeral.

The funeral hasn't been scheduled yet.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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