Updated: 12/18/2012 2:58 PM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart
The Stearns County Attorney's Office is releasing transcripts of the two 911 calls made the night Officer Tom Decker was shot and killed.
The two calls came in around 10:47 p.m. on November 29th. The caller mentioned a loud black van left the scene.
Ryan Larson was arrested just after midnight in his apartment above Winner's Bar in Cold Spring. He was found on his bed with a gun next to him.
Larson was later released and not charged, due to lack of evidence.
Court documents show Decker was back up for Officer Greg Reiter, who initially responded to calls that Larson was suicidal. Decker immediately got out of his cruiser when he arrived at the scene.
The document also shows Reiter said he saw a suspect wearing a dark colored hoodie with a handgun just moments after hearing loud "bangs." Reiter said the suspect pointed a handgun at him and he backed away in his cruiser. He could then see Decker on the ground. Reiter said he lost sight of the suspect.
The BCA says evidence at the scene shows Decker was killed from shots from a shotgun. They have asked members of the community to be on the look out for a 20-gauge shotgun. Various dive teams are out again today searching the Sauk River for the shotgun.
They are also looking for the driver of a loud, black van.
A $100,000 reward is up for any information leading to the arrested of a suspect in Decker's murder. Meanwhile, Attorney Earl Gray says the award, which is being offered by a nonprofit called Spotlight on Crime, shows investigators may be at a dead end.
Anyone with information can call the Stearns County tip line at 877-782-5683, the BCA tip line at 877-996-6222, or email tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. So far they’ve received more than 200 tips from the public and investigators are following up on all of them.