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DPS: Several thousand attend officer's funeral

Residents of Cold Spring, Minn. line the street as a hearse passes by on the way to St. John's Abbey for the funeral of Tom Decker in Collegeville on Wednesday. Decker was killed last Thursday in the line of duty. He was shot after he was called to check on a man's welfare. No charges have been filed in his death. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Brian Peterson)1 / 2
Cold Spring, Minn., police officer Tom Decker was shot twice and died Nov. 29, 2012 in what authorities are calling an ambush killing. Officials says Decker was responding to a call from a concerned family member about a man who might be suicidal. Thirty-four-year-old Ryan Michael Larson of Cold Spring was arrested at the scene and prosecutors are reviewing the case for charges. (AP Photo/Stearns County Sheriff)2 / 2

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — State officials estimate several thousand people are attending a funeral service for slain Cold Spring police officer Tom Decker.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says the estimated 3,200 people at St. John's Abbey and University Church in Collegeville include about 2,300 law enforcement officers from around the U.S. and Canada.

The 31-year-old officer was fatally shot Thursday when he was called to check on a man's welfare. No charges have been filed in his death.

Officers saluted Decker's hearse as it arrived at the church Wednesday morning. After the service, a procession of officers will escort his casket through the community Decker served and to St. Nicholas Catholic Cemetery in Luxemburg where he will be buried.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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