Attorney General Ups Charges For Man Accused of Shooting Deputy Dewey
The Attorney General has upped the charges against the man accused of shooting Mahnomen County Deputy Chris Dewey, who died on Monday. He was shot while he was responding to a 911 call in Mahnomen in February last year. His funeral will be held on Wednesday, Aug 18.
On Thursday, Attorney General Lori Swanson said Thomas Fairbarnks, the man accused of shooting the deputy, will now be charged with second-degree murder. He was previously charged with attempted murder.
A grand jury must decide if Fairbanks can be charged with first-degree murder.
Swanson said the murder of an officer in the line of duty is a crime against every citizen of the state.
“Deputy Dewey made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the community, and our hearts go out to his family,” Swanson said in a statement.