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Wounded deputy's partner on leave pending investigation of his shooting of standoff suspect

MAHNOMEN - The partner of the wounded Mahnomen County deputy is on paid administrative leave, pending the investigation of Wednesday's shooting and nearly nine-hour long standoff here.

Mahnomen County Sheriff Doug Krier said Deputy Chad Peterson was placed on leave after firing one shot at two suspects. One of the men, using a 9 mm pistol, shot and critically wounded Deputy Christopher Dewey.

After arriving to the scene where Dewey was shot in a residential neighborhood west of the Mahnomen County Courthouse, Peterson fired one shot at Thomas Lee Fairbanks and Daniel Kurt Vernier. Peterson injured Fairbanks with the shot, although the bullet didn't pierce his body. He was treated and released from the Mahnomen Health Center, but could still be seen moving slowly at his first court appearance earlier today.

Krier said it's standard procedure to place a deputy on leave after they've been involved in a shooting.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the shooting of Dewey and Peterson's shooting of Fairbanks.

Authorities at the news conference praised Deputy Peterson for his quick actions at the scene. He prevented the two suspects from getting away in Dewey's patrol car and held them at bay in the mobile home, which is owned by Fairbanks.

Krier said some of details hadn't been released to the public because of the ongoing BCA investigation.