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Deputy in Mahnomen shooting faces more surgery

Mahnomen County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Dewey is comforted by his wife, Emily, on Saturday in a photo posted on Dewey's CaringBridge Web site.

FARGO - A Mahnomen County sheriff's deputy who suffered gunshot wounds Wednesday was moved out of the critical care unit of Fargo's MeritCare Hospital on Sunday and into a surgical unit.

Chris Dewey remains in guarded condition, according to an update on the hospital's Web site.

"Chris has made significant improvements in the last 48 hours and is now well enough to move from the critical care unit," said Dr. Frank Sepe, a MeritCare critical care specialist.

Dr. Robert Sticca, a surgeon at MeritCare, said Dewey is doing well but faces additional surgery.

"There's still a long road ahead for he and his family because of the injury to his brain," Sticca said.

The 26-year-old Dewey was shot twice Wednesday morning as he confronted two men while investigating a report of shots being fired.

Dewey suffered a gunshot wound to his head and one to his abdomen.

Dewey's recovery is being documented via a journal on the CaringBridge Web site at

An update posted Sunday said he is doing "remarkably well" and all tubes have been removed.

The journal entry ends with, "Chris is SuperMan!"

A posting Saturday night said Dewey was joking with colleagues from the Sheriff's Department, stating he should have ducked and that getting shot "isn't like the movies."

Two men have been arrested in connection with the shooting.

Thomas Lee Fairbanks and Daniel Kurt Vernier face a total of 39 charges in Mahnomen County District Court.