LEO lives matter.

Sadly, another brother officer was killed doing what he did for a living…and for you, the citizen and taxpayer.


Deputy shot, killed by inmate at St. Cloud Hospital
Sam Louwagie, slouwagie@stcloudtimes.com 2:33 p.m. CDT October 18, 2015

An Aitkin County sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed by an inmate receiving treatment at St. Cloud Hospital early Sunday, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Drew Evans, superintendent of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, identified the deputy as Steven Martin Sandberg, 60, a 24-year veteran of the Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office who had been an investigator for the last 20 years.

Evans said Danny Leroy Hammond, 50, of rural Aitkin was the suspect. Hammond died at the hospital after the shooting.

Sandberg had been guarding Hammond, who was being treated after a domestic incident. Sandberg was shot around 5:15 a.m.

According to the BCA, Hammond got out of his hospital bed and got into a struggle with Sandberg. Hammond was not handcuffed. He got Sandberg’s gun and shot him several times.

A hospital security guard came into the room used a stun gun on Hammond and took him into custody. He became unresponsive and received medical treatment but later died, according to Evans.

According to scanner traffic captured on policeclips.com, the suspect was in cardiac arrest when police arrived on scene.

The BCA said the incident was contained to Hammond’s hospital room. No patients or hospital personnel were injured, and there is no ongoing threat to public safety.

Authorities say the hospital had asked Aitkin County to monitor Hammond in the hospital due to seriousness of the domestic incident in which he was a suspect. Hammond had been monitored for more than a day, according to hospital authorities.

At a press conference Sunday afternoon, Aitkin County Sheriff Scott Turner asked the public to keep Sandberg’s wife and daughter in their thoughts and prayers.

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