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By Pippi Mayfield, Detroit Lakes Tribune , Published May 09 2009

Mahnomen sheriff visits wounded deputy

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Wounded Mahnomen County Deputy Chris Dewey is making progress daily, continuing to grow stronger so that he can return home, Sheriff Doug Krier says.

Dewey was shot once in the head and once in the abdomen during a February incident that led to a nearly nine-hour standoff outside a house in Mahnomen. Two men have been charged and are being held in connection with the incident.

Krier visited Dewey at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo., in mid-April.

“He hadn’t talked and we got him to talk to us a bit, so that was good,” Krier said. “He wants to get back and he wants to start working out again.”

“So his mindset is good, it’s just the roller-coaster ride he’s been going through, I wouldn’t wish that on anybody.”

Dewey is working on physical therapy and speech therapy. Because he’s laid in bed for so long, his muscles have atrophied and need to be trained again. He works on his therapy about eight hours a day, five days a week, Krier said.

However, Dewey did suffer a setback last week. He had a seizure, his first since the shooting. Krier said it was due to trauma, and doctors said it was amazing this was his first seizure.

“The doctors were like, ‘Gee, if that’s only one and he’s had this much trauma, that’s good,’ ” he said.

Dewey has been going between Craig Hospital (for the therapy and recovery) and Swedish Hospital (where he went for his surgery), which are connected by a skyway.

He was projected to return to Minnesota in early May, but now it’s unclear when he’ll return, Krier said.

Doctors are talking with Dewey about his options once he returns. He might be able to stay at a Fargo facility to receive therapy, or he may go to Minneapolis and stay with his parents and do his therapy there.

“When I talked to him, I was lifting up his bed a little bit and asked, ‘You want to sit up a bit more?’ and he said, ‘I want to go back to my room and start working out again.’

“OK, that’s what I want to hear,” Krier recalled saying.

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