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Police and sheriff vehicles followed behind the hearse carrying the body of fallen police officer Tom Decker as they go to Wenners Funeral home in Cold Spring, Minn., Friday November 30, 2012.

Stearns County deputies looking for gun used to kill Cold Spring officer

Posted: December 1, 2012 - 2:36pm
A Stearns County Deputy searches roofs of buildings with the help of the Cold Spring Fire Department near the scene where a Cold Spring police officer was fatally shot late Thursday in Cold Spring, Minn. on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012.  AP Photo/The St. Cloud Times
AP Photo/The St. Cloud Times
A Stearns County Deputy searches roofs of buildings with the help of the Cold Spring Fire Department near the scene where a Cold Spring police officer was fatally shot late Thursday in Cold Spring, Minn. on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012.

COLD SPRING, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota authorities are still looking for the gun used to kill a Cold Spring police officer this week.

The Stearns County sheriff's office put out a request Saturday asking members of the public to keep on the lookout for a discarded weapon. They believe the firearm used was a 20-gauge shotgun.

Authorities are asking Cold Spring residents to check their yards and areas around their homes. The sheriff's office says anyone who finds the weapon should leave it untouched and call 911.

Detectives are investigating the shooting of Officer Tom Decker, who was ambushed late Thursday after being called to check on a man's welfare. Investigators say several guns were found, but they're still looking for the presumed murder weapon.

The 34-year-old shooting suspect was taken into custody Friday.

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