Report: Slain Minn. officer’s partner backed away
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The partner of a Cold Spring officer killed retreated from the shooting scene without pursuing the assailant, according to a police document obtained by the Star Tribune.
Officer Tom Decker, 31, was fatally shot Nov. 29 behind a downtown Cold Spring bar as he and Officer Greg Reiter were checking on a man who lived above the bar and was reported to be suicidal.
The newly released document, which was used to justify jailing a now-released suspect, outlines the night’s chronology and helps shed light on why no one is in custody.
According to the document, officer Greg Reiter stayed in his car when Decker began walking toward the stairway to the man’s apartment.
“Officer Reiter, still seated in the squad car, then heard two loud ‘bangs,’ “ the document states. It also says Reiter reported he saw a 6-foot-tall white man in a hooded sweatshirt, jeans and dark stocking cap standing in front of Decker’s squad and pointing a handgun “at him,” though it’s unclear whether “him” referred to Decker or Reiter.
Icy conditions cause problems in Minnesota
BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — Ice is causing problems around Minnesota.
The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office reported more than 100 vehicles went into ditches Saturday morning. The sheriff’s office temporarily closed U.S. Highway 2 and Highways 71 and 89 because of so many accidents. Only one minor injury was reported.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported difficult and hazardous driving conditions in much of the southwestern and the northeastern parts of the state Saturday night.
The Bemidji school district also postponed a basketball game and hockey games that were scheduled Saturday.
The National Weather Service reported the Bemidji area could receive 2 to 4 inches of snow on Saturday.
Jordan mother able to keep dying son in home
JORDAN, Minn. (AP) — A 12-year-old boy who is dying from a rare neurological disorder will temporarily get to stay with his mother.
Rachele Chrismer tells KARE-TV (http://kare11.tv/UjtwMlhttp://kare11.tv/UjtwMl ) that a Scott County judge ordered her 12-year-old son, Zach West, to temporarily stay in her home. The judge made the decision during an emergency hearing Friday.
The boy is receiving hospice care and his medical staff believes moving him could make things worse.
The judge had previously ruled the father, Mike West, could bring him to Lakeville every other weekend beginning Friday.
Chrismer has invited the boy’s father to see him every day at her Jordan home. But West wants to see his son in a private setting before he dies.
Family plans to sue in death of Minn. boy
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The family of a 9-year-old boy who died from a rare infection after swimming in Lily Lake in Stillwater plans to sue the city, county and state for $1.5 million.
Jack Ariola Erenberg contracted the form of meningitis and died Aug. 6.
He’s the second child to contract it after swimming in Lily Lake.
Attorney Roger Strassburg tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/Y64y8X) the wrongful-death lawsuit will be filed soon in Washington County. A hearing is set for Dec. 21.
As part of their claim, the family wants the city to post signs on all swimming facilities like Lily Lake warning of them of the amoeba that caused Jack’s death.