Aitkin Sheriff's Deputy Fatally Shot by Suspect Being Treated at Minnesota St. Cloud Hospital
John Bodette, St. Cloud Times The scene outside St. Cloud Hospital, where a deputy was fatally shot. Photo Credit/ Star Tribune

Aitkin Sheriff’s Deputy Fatally Shot by Suspect Being Treated at Minnesota St. Cloud Hospital

A sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed inside a Minnesota hospital by a man who was a suspect in a “domestic-related incident” Sunday morning, authorities said.


Danny Hammond, was being monitored by Aitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Sandberg at the request of St. Cloud Hospital, where he was being treated, when a “struggle” broke out at about 5:15 a.m. (6:15 a.m. ET), said Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Superintendent Drew Evans.

Hammond grabbed Sandberg’s gun during the struggle and shot him, Evans said.

Hospital security responded to the Hammond’s hospital room and tasered him — he then became unresponsive and died after being taken into custody, Evans said.

The cause of Hammond’s death is being investigated by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said that the violence was confined to the one hospital room, and nobody else was injured.

St. Cloud Hospital staff had asked for a sheriff’s deputy to monitor Hammond during his time in the hospital due to the “seriousness” of the domestic incident he was allegedly involved in, St. Cloud Hospital vice president Kurt Otto said.

Officials would not say what Hammond, 40, was being treated for at the hospital, or when he was admitted.

Sandberg, 50, was married with one daughter and had been an investigator with the Aitkin County Sheriff’s Department since 1991, according to Aitkin County Sheriff Scott Turner.

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