'Person of interest' in Cold Spring police officer Thomas Decker's killing hangs himself in standoff
A 31-year-old man who had been under repeated questioning about the shotgun slaying of Cold Spring police officer Thomas Decker killed himself Wednesday after an hours-long standoff with law enforcement at his home near the central Minnesota city, officials said Friday.
Eric J. Thomes, described at this point by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) as a "person of interest," was found hanged in a metal building near his rural Cold Spring home. Thomes ran into the building when he saw investigators arrive for yet another interview, the BCA added.
Authorities also said that the shotgun used to kill Decker on Nov. 29, 2012, was found on property to which Thomes had access.
The BCA stopped short of declaring Thomes the person who killed Decker, 31, behind Winners Bar in downtown Cold Spring and urged anyone to come forward as investigators continue to work the case.
For Ryan Larson, the part-time Winners bartender who was arrested in his apartment above the bar within hours of Decker's killing, the news of Thomes' death and the BCA investigation filled him with conflicting emotions.Meanwhile ... Ryan Larson's life left in shambles!
Larson returns to Cold Spring apartment
Larson returned to his apartment for the first time Sunday to pick up a change of clothes.
The results of the various searches conducted in the apartment left him emotional and angry, and questioning the quality of the investigation.
“I came back for a half hour and broke down, and then I left,” he said.
After discussing the situation with his lawyer, they invited the St. Cloud Times on Monday to view the apartment.
“We both agreed the public have to see this,” he said. He made the visit with the intent of collecting clothing and school work.
Larson was a student at St. Cloud Technical & Community College.
“But I can’t even find anything,” he said. “Just the sheer disrespect for somebody’s personal property. It disgusts me. “I was irritated. I was confused before, now I’m mad,” he said. “To turn it upside down like this. This isn’t an investigation.”
Among the piles were family photos, school books, assignments and projects. Possessions were strewn about, at times not in the original room in which they had been kept. His bedding was in the kitchen area. Carpet was pulled from floorboards and left in an adjoining room.Comment: Time to clear Larson's name and reimburse him for trashing his possessions!
Pics from the video in the preceding article.