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Sherriff’s deputy killed by inmate at Minnesota hospital

Hospital Safety Insider, October 22, 2015

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Police in St. Cloud, Minnesota, are investigating the murder of a sheriff's deputy by a suspect at St. Cloud Hospital on October 19, according to a report from KARE-TV.

The incident, which occurred around 5:15 a.m., happened on the fifth floor of St. Cloud Hospital when the suspect, Danny L. Hammond, 50, who was being treated at the hospital after being taken into custody after a domestic dispute, shot and killed a sheriff's deputy, who was monitoring him, the report said.

According to the report, the deputy was identified as 60-year-old Steven Sandberg, who was an investigator and had been with the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office since 1991. Police quoted in the report said a struggle ensued between Sandberg and Hammond during which Hammond took a firearm from Sandberg and shot him.

Security officers subdued Hammond by using a Taser. After he was taken into custody, Hammond became unresponsive and he later died, according to the report. Also according to the report, there was a warrant out for Hammond's arrest for kidnapping, assault, terroristic threats, and other violent offenses and the hospital had asked for law enforcement protection while Hammond was at the facility.

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