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Court appearance for man accused of shooting Mahnomen deputy postponed

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Detroit Lakes, 56501
Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

The scheduled court appearance for Thomas Lee Fairbanks on Thursday has been postponed to March 5. Daniel Kurt Vernier to appear in court as scheduled Thursday.

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Fairbanks, 32, of Mahnomen, is accused of shooting Mahnomen County Sheriff's deputy Chris Dewey on Feb. 18. He faces 22 counts, including one count each of first- and second-degree attempted murder as well as various assault charges for firing at other law enforcement officers.

Vernier, 27, of Mahnomen, will appear in court today as scheduled. Vernier is charged with 17 counts, including 12 counts of first-degree assault against peace officers.

Mahnomen County District Judge Michael Kraker on Friday set bail at $1 million for Fairbanks and $500,000 for Vernier.

Dewey was shot after 7 a.m. Feb. 18. He was following up on a report of shots being fired. Dewey was critically wounded from two gunshot wounds, one to his abdomen and one to his head. That shooting triggered an eight-hour standoff with police that ended peacefully. Vernier surrendered at about 9:30 a.m. and Fairbanks surrendered at about 4 p.m.

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