In a file photo provided by the family, Cold Spring, Minn., police officer Tom D

Man questioned in Cold Spring officer slaying commits suicide


ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A man questioned several times in the slaying of a Cold Spring police officer fled from investigators and committed suicide this week, authorities said Friday.

Eric Joseph Thomes, 31, of rural Cold Spring, was a "person of interest" in the killing of Officer Tom Decker, but authorities stopped short of calling him a suspect. Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Superintendent Wade Setter said the investigation into Decker's death is active and ongoing.

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