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UPDATE: Person of Interest in MN officer slaying killed self

ST. CLOUD, Minnesota (WXOW) - A person of interest in the fatal shooting of a Cold Spring police officer killed himself on Wednesday according to authorities.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner and Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Superintendent Wade Setter held a news conference Friday to announce new developments in the death of Officer Tom Decker.

On November 29, Officer Decker was shot when he responded to a call of a possibly suicidal person.  A different person was arrested and questioned before being released.

Wednesday, agents with the BCA went to talk to a Cold Spring resident regarding the shooting.  The person, identified as Eric Joseph Thomes, 31, ran and barricaded himself in a building on his property.  Several hours later officers entered the building and found that Thomes had committed suicide by hanging himself.

While searching the property, investigators found a shotgun that BCA firearms experts have determined was the likely weapon used to kill Officer Decker.

BCA Superintendent Wade Setter said that the investigation into the case is still active and ongoing.

Investigators are now trying to piece together a timeline of Thomes' activities before and after the shooting.

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ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Authorities may have a break in the unsolved slaying of a Cold Spring police officer.

Officer Tom Decker was shot and killed Nov. 29 while responding to a call of a possibly suicidal man. A suspect was quickly arrested but was released without charges.

Officials in Stearns County have called a Friday afternoon news conference to detail what they say are new developments in the investigation. They declined to give details ahead of the news conference.

Sheriff John Sanner and Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Superintendent Wade Setter are schedule to appear at the 2 p.m. news conference in St. Cloud.

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