Minnesota deputy shot dead at hospital

A deputy was shot dead at a Minnesota hospital Sunday after the suspect he was guarding grabbed his gun and opened fire.

Aitkin County Sheriff’s Investigator Steven Sandberg, 60, died during an altercation at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota, state officials said in a statement.

The man he was guarding, 50-year-old Danny Hammond, “gained control of Sandberg’s gun and shot him” around 5:15 a.m. Sunday, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said.

Hammond also died at the hospital after a security guard used a Taser to subdue him. Officials said the suspect “experienced a medical emergency” after he was Tasered.

Sandberg had worked for the Sheriff’s Office for 24 years, officials said.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton expressed condolences to Sandberg’s family in a statement Sunday,calling his death a “terrible, senseless murder.”

“This tragedy reminds us that Minnesota’s law enforcement officers risk their lives every day and night to keep us safe,” he said.

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