Deputy Sheriff Christopher L. Dewey

Deputy Sheriff Christopher L. Dewey

Mahnomen County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota

End of Watch Monday, August 9, 2010

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Christopher L. Dewey

Deputy Sheriff 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 backup 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.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 909

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, February 18, 2009
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

DUI, shots fired

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Chris was a beautiful soul, son and big brother to a bunch of boys! Big football player that was kind and caring. I was his uncle in law for a time and he was just one of those good kids that was always helping his mom or Grandma with anything they asked. Teaching so many boys (little brothers) that Poppe had how to be Men and what being a man meant!

Chris was a perfect example of an honorable, hard working , serving member of the officers living in the United States.

Chris i thank you for your service to Minnesota, the people of the area you served, and ultimately your sacrifice. Love you man!


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June 20, 2024

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