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How was Deputy Steven Sandberg shot dead by suspect at hospital?

Deputy Steven Sandberg shot dead by suspect at St Cloud hospital
How did Deputy Sheriff Steven Sandberg come to be shot dead by a suspect at hospital?

Aitkin County, Minnesota Deputy Sheriff Steven Sandberg, 60, has been shot dead at the hands of an suspect at St Cloud Hospital early Sunday morning who had been brought in for treatment.

According to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), the shooting happened on the 5th floor 5.15 am Sunday morning, when Danny Leroy Hammond, 50, killed the sheriff’s deputy who had been monitoring the suspect, ironically the subject of a domestic related incident.

According to a report via kare11, the slain officer had been with with the Aitkin County Sherrif’s office since 1991. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

Authorities say a struggled ensued between Sandberg and Hammond. During that struggle, Hammond took a firearm from Sandberg and shot him.

According to a report via Pioneer Press, authorities said the hospital had asked the sheriff’s department to station a guard in Hammond’s room because of the seriousness of the domestic incident, which had occurred earlier in the week. Also dying in the shooting was the suspect from a medical condition, after security personnel subdued him with a Taser.

Since the shooting, authorities have declined to tell why Hammond was being treated at the hospital, except to say he had been there for more than a day. 

At the time of the shooting, Hammond had not been placed under arrest. Social media reports tell the shooter having had a criminal history stemming back to 1990.

Reacting to the shooting, Governor Mark Dayton released the following statement:

‘I deplore the terrible, senseless murder of Deputy Sheriff Steven Sandberg. On behalf of all Minnesotans, I extend my deepest condolences to his family. This tragedy reminds us that Minnesota’s law enforcement officers risk their lives every day and night to keep us safe.’

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

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, Sandberg is the 27th police officer killed by gunfire in the line of duty this year.

Top photo, family photo via KSTP-TV

Deputy Steven Sandberg
St Cloud Hospital where the shooting took place.



  1. that would be “too” you forgot an “o”
    yes indeed….

    Im purely an innocent law abiding citizen and I’m sure my taze time is a coming and my BULLET to the head time is coming. Its just the storyline that I’m wondering about though…..

  2. Dennis: nor could I find a picture of Danny….. I looked for it before I made my comment. I listened to the 911 tapes, that the police had the ability to edit and cut out the parts that were “silence”….. good to know they can edit the tapes.

    This story didnt make sense. It just didnt.

  3. MAYBE space aliens did it. A police officer was murdered and your first thought is to come-up with conspiracy theories blaming cops. Frankly I don’t really give a shit how the low-life died. I’ve looked at 10 different takes on the story and, oddly, I could find no picture Of Danny Leroy Hammond.. Hmmm. Odd.

  4. If DANNY HAMMOND wasnt under arrest, maybe he was going to WALK OUT of the hospital. No arrest, no handcuffs. Maybe The Deputy tried to illegally STOP him. Since when do COPS babysit “suspects”. Something is wrong with the STORY.

    Part of Security Guards and Cops training is getting TAZED and learning to taze. Why do all the SUSPECTS DIE MYSTERIOUSLY after getting Tazed?

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