Deputy shot, killed by suspect at Minn. hospital

635807824632763711-steven-sandberg-photoDeputy Steven Sandberg was shot and killed by a suspect at a St. Cloud hospital early Sunday morning. Law enforcement agencies gathered together to show support for their fallen comrade and his family. VPC

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — A sheriff's deputy was shot and killed by a man he was monitoring at St. Cloud Hospital early Sunday morning, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

The shooting happened on the fifth floor around 5:15 a.m. Sunday when a suspect being treated at the hospital shot and killed the deputy, who was guarding the room at the hospital's request because of the seriousness of a domestic-related incident involving the suspect. That incident

happened earlier in the week outside the St. Cloud area.

BCA Superintendent Drew Evans identified the slain deputy as investigator Steven Sandberg, 60. Sandberg had been with the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office since 1991. The suspect was identified as Danny L. Hammond, 50, of rural Aitkin.

Security officers subdued Hammond by using a Taser. After he was taken into custody, Hammond became unresponsive and later died, Evans said.

Police and hospital officials declined to say at a news conference why Hammond was being treated at the hospital.
Authorities said Sandberg and Hammond struggled and Hammond took a firearm from Sandberg and shot him.

The incident was confined to Hammond's hospital room and no patients or personnel were injured.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton offered condolences to Sandberg's family for his "terrible, senseless murder."


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