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Developments in slaying of Minn. police officer


ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a "person of interest" in the slaying of a Cold Spring police officer has committed suicide.


Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Superintendent Wade Setter says the man was 32-year-old Eric Thomes (THOMAS) of rural Cold Spring.

Setter says investigators had interviewed Thomes several times about the Nov. 29 slaying of Officer Tom Decker after they got a tip. Setter says they were seeking to interview Thomes again on Wednesday afternoon when he fled his home.

Setter says Thomes ran to an outbuilding and refused to come out. Setter says when agents entered the building several hours later, Thomes had hung himself.

Despite his death, Setter says the investigation is still active.

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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