Minn. police officer killed while conducting check

   Stearns County Chief Deputy Bruce Bechtold says the male officer died late Thursday evening behind an apartment above a bar in Cold Spring near St. Cloud.

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COLD SPRING, Minn. (AP) -- Authorities say the police officer who was fatally shot in central Minnesota is 31-year-old Tom Decker of the Cold Spring Police Department.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says Decker died at the scene after he was shot late Thursday behind an apartment in Cold Spring near St. Cloud.

Sanner said a 34-year-old man is being held Friday on suspicion of second-degree murder in Decker's death.

Stearns County Chief Deputy Bruce Bechtold says he believes the suspect was in the residence that the officer was called to check.

No Stearns County officer has been killed in the line of duty since St. Joseph officer Brian Klinefelter was shot in 1996 during the arrest of three robbery suspects.


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