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Daniel Kurt Vernier, 27, is a suspect in the Mahnomen shooting.

Mahnomen standoff suspects make first court appearance; 50 officers pack courtroom

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Two men involved in a standoff that left one Mahnomen County sheriff's deputy critically wounded Wednesday made their first appearance in court in Mahnomen today.

Thomas Lee Fairbanks, 32, was charged with 22 counts of first- and second-degree attempt murder charges for shooting the deputy, as well as various counts of assault for firing shots at other law enforcement agents during the standoff.

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