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Deputy Sheriff Christopher L. Dewey | Mahnomen County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota Mahnomen County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota

Deputy Sheriff

Christopher L. Dewey

Mahnomen County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota

End of Watch: Monday, August 9, 2010

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 909

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/18/2009

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy Chris Dewey succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained 18 months earlier after responding to reports of a drunk driver and shots fired in the city of Mahnomen.

On February 18, 2009, Deputy Dewey responded to the call in the town of Mahnomen. When he arrived, he encountered two suspects and a physical confrontation ensued. He was shot in the head and abdomen by one of the men. When back-up units arrived, they found Deputy Dewey and transported him to the hospital.

A search for the suspect led to a nine-hour standoff at a mobile home that was near the scene of the incident. The suspect eventually surrendered to police.

Deputy Dewey underwent a series of operations and required rehabilitative care following the initial shooting. In July, he was moved into hospice care where he died from his wounds on August 9, 2010.

The suspect was found guilty of first degree murder on September 1, 2011, and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. His accomplice was sentenced to two years in prison for failing to render aid.

Deputy Dewey had served with the Mahnomen County Sheriff's Office for six years. He is survived by his wife.

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Chris, I still think of you often buddy. You were a caring brother and friend. I wish that you were still here. It still brings me to tears when I think of that day. Your family in blue and brown still remember you and we will never forget you. You made the ultimate sacrifice in doing your job. You are sincerely missed. Rest in peace my brother.

February 18, 2015


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