[Update] Sheriff Survives Shooting in Mahnomen County

Thursday, February 19th, 2009 at 10:17 am
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Christopher Dewey, a 2001 graduate of Cambridge-Isanti High School and Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Deputy, was shot Wednesday morning while on duty.

Dewey, 26, was shot in the head and chest.  He underwent 4.5 hours of surgery in Fargo, N.D. Dewey suffered a lacerated liver.  Doctors say Deputy Dewey’s brain injury is severe.  The long term effects of the shot to the head is unknown at this time.

Dewey is in critical but stable condition.

His former football coach at Cambridge-Isanti, George Larson, talks about the man he coached for two years.  Dewey played on the Offensive Line for the Blue Jackets.

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Dewey was responding to a call of a possible drunk driver, who he followed to a mobile home near the county courthouse.  It is believed Dewey went up to the residence to speak with the individual.  A fellow deputy found Dewey lying on the ground with gun shot wounds, shortly after 7 a.m.

Mahnomen sheriffs engaged in a nine hour standoff at the mobile with one of two people they believe are responsible for the shooting.  The suspects are identified as Thomas Fairbanks, 33, of Red Lake and Daniel Vernier, 28, of Mahnomen.  Both are in custody.

Dewey is a four year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department.

1 Comment

  1. Shawn 02/19/09 at 8:31am

    They should have shot and killed the suspects. I knew Tom when we where kids and he was a total loser and criminal in and out of jail. There is no place on this earth for him!

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