Officer Resigns after Fleeing Cop Killing
The death of Officer Tom Decker has been in the news for months, as he was killed on the job in November 2012 when a fellow officer fled the scene of the shooting.
Greg Reiter, the Cold Springs police officer who did not get out of his squad car after Decker was murdered, has now resigned, according to city officials.
Reiter fell under criticism in January when it was found out that he did not get out of his squad car when Decker, 31, was murdered behind the building that houses the Winner’s Bar. The two had responded to a call for a welfare check in the vicinity of the bar and that call ultimately ended in Decker’s death.
Reiter told investigators that he had heard two bangs at the time of the shooting and saw a man holding a gun near Decker’s squad car. Reiter said he then backed away in his car, which is when he saw Decker lying on the ground.
Reiter is not under investigation over the incident. There was one person arrested in the case, but he was released after just a few days in custody.
Another man, Eric Thomes, was questioned by officers in the shooting death of Decker, but he committed suicide soon after. Investigators say that they found the shotgun used in Decker’s murder at a property that Thomes accessed.
Cold Springs authorities still have not released information on what they believe occurred at the time of the shooting.
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