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Wounded Mahnomen County deputy headed to Colorado rehabilitation hospital today

FARGO - Mahnomen County (Minn.) Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Dewey continues to make progress and will be transferred today via airplane to a rehabilitation hospital in Colorado.

Dewey, who was shot in the head and abdomen while on duty two weeks ago in Mahnomen, is headed to Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo., which specializes in brain and spinal cord injuries, according to a news release.

"Chris continues to make progress," Dr. William Klava, who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation, said in the release. "He is showing signs of promising neurological recovery. I remain cautiously optimistic about long-term gains."

Dewey is in satisfactory condition at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo, where he was airlifted after the Feb. 18 shooting. He will leave MeritCare via F-M Ambulance this morning and be taken to the Fargo Jet Center, the release said.

Thomas Lee Fairbanks and Daniel Kurt Vernier have been charged with 39 counts in connection with the incident. Fairbanks is accused of shooting Dewey.