‘‘He’s a normal person,’’ Jeff Scoles Jr., a friend of Larson's, told the AP late Friday. ‘‘He’s not a monster.’’
Scoles said Larson lived in an apartment above his bar and has filled in as a bartender at another bar he owns. Scoles added that Larson was doing his homework at one of the bars Thursday and was in a ‘‘good mood’’ when he left that afternoon.
He added that Larson took a concealed-carry class in January and that Larson owned guns, but ‘‘was cautious with them.’’
Condolences for Decker came from fellow police officers in other Minnesota departments and from elected officials, including Gov. Mark Dayton.
‘‘On behalf of the people of Minnesota, I extend my deepest sympathies to his family and to the Cold Springs Police Department for their tragic loss of an outstanding officer, father and friend,’’ the governor said.
Associated Press writers Brian Bakst in St. Paul, Minn., Dinesh Ramde in Milwaukee and Jeff Baenen in Minneapolis contributed to this report.