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Web site reports deputy showing good signs during recovery from gunshot wounds

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FARGO - Family and doctors continue to remain optimistic about the recovery of a Mahnomen County sheriff's deputy shot in the line of duty Wednesday.

Carrie Haug, a spokeswoman for Fargo's MeritCare Hospital, said Christopher Dewey remains in critical but stable condition this morning.

Dewey, 26, was shot - once in the abdomen and once in the head - while investigating a report of a drunken driver. MeritCare doctors performed emergency surgery Wednesday morning to remove damaged tissue and bone fragments.

This morning, the journal for Dewey on the CaringBridge Web site reported:

"Chris had another good night. The doctors are keeping his sedation levels lower so he is a bit more responsive. This morning he showed a strong thumbs-up and was combative about routine hygiene.

"There is hope that by the end of the weekend Chris will be off his ventilator. Thank you for your continued support and prayers."

His wife, Emily, also has posted other journal updates to the Web site.

On Thursday night, she wrote:

"It has been an incredibly overwhelming two days. All of the support and kindness has been more than I could have imagined. When I was with Chris tonight, he responded so strongly to my voice and touch. His improvement, even just throughout today, has been so encouraging."

Earlier in the day, the journal read:

"I just witnessed a miracle. I watched Chris not only recognize but comfort his wife by squeezing her hand over and over. He also was able to give a BIG thumbs-up and moved his right leg vigorously. He also made an effort to move his lips and open his eyes. For the first time since this tragic event took place, we were able to cry tears of joy. Please keep praying, it is absolutely working!"

To visit the journal or leave a comment for Dewey and his family, visit

The Web site shows that Dewey's guest book had been signed 146 times today.