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Wounded Mahnomen deputy's condition improving

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MAHNOMEN, Minn. (AP) -- A Mahnomen County sheriff's deputy critically wounded in a shooting has had his condition upgraded.

MeritCare Hospital in Fargo, N.D., said Saturday that 26-year-old Deputy Christopher Dewey was upgraded from critical to guarded condition.

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In a news release, critical care specialist Dr. Frank Sepe said Dewey is moving his left side and consistently following commands. He had been able to move his right side all along.

Dewey also has been able to talk and as of noon Saturday was able to eat soft foods.

He was shot in the head and the abdomen Wednesday morning while checking a report of shots fired in a neighborhood in Mahnomen. A backup deputy found Dewey lying in the driveway.

Two Twin Cities-area men face multiple charges. They surrendered after a nine-hour standoff at a mobile home.

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