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Authorities processing for evidence in home where Mahnomen standoff took place

MAHNOMEN - Other than the presence of law enforcement officers processing the scene of Wednesday's eight-hour standoff and the yellow sheriff's tape cordoning off a section of a residential neighborhood here, today there was little visible evidence of the crisis that shook this north-central Minnesota town on Wednesday.

Officers were working in the mobile home where Thomas Lee Fairbanks,32, and Daniel Kurt Vernier, 27, holed up Wednesday morning after the shooting of Mahnomen County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Dewey.

The two are being held by authorities. Mahnomen County Attorney Julie Bruggeman was unavailble Thursday morning.

A benefit fund has been set up to aid Dewey's family. Donations may be sent to: First National Bank of Mahnomen, c/o Deputy Chris Dewey, P.O. Box 378, 103 N. Main St., Mahnomen, MN 56557. For more information, call (219) 935-5251.

Wednesday's events began when Dewey was about to wrap up what had been a routine shift early that morning when he found a pickup that police had been seeking.

The discovery later ended with him lying on a driveway, critically wounded from two gunshot wounds, one to the head and one to the abdomen.

That shooting triggered the standoff with police that ended peacefully when Fairbanks surrendered a few minutes after 4 p.m. Vernier had surrendered to authorities about 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Dewey was taken to a hospital in Mahnomen where he was stabilized and then he was airlifted to MeritCare Hospital in Fargo about 8:25 a.m. Wednesday.