Investigator Steven Martin Sandberg
Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota
End of Watch: Sunday, October 18, 2015
Tour of Duty: 24 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: October 18, 2015
Weapon Used: Officer’s handgun
Suspect Info: Deceased
Agency Contact Information
Sheriff Scott Turner
Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office
217 2nd Street NW
Aitkin, MN 56431
Phone: (218) 927-7435
Investigator Steve Sandberg was shot and killed while guarding a prisoner at St. Cloud Hospital, in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
The prisoner was in custody in connection with a domestic assault in Aitkin County. At approximately 5:15 am the subject attacked and disarmed Investigator Sandberg in the hospital room. The man then fatally shot Investigator Sandberg with his own service weapon.
Another deputy was able to subdue the subject with a Taser. The man died a short time later from an unknown cause.
Investigator Sandberg had served with Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office for 24 years.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. – A sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed by an inmate at St. Cloud Hospital early Sunday morning according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA).
The shooting happened on the fifth floor around 5:15 a.m. Sunday when a suspect, being treated at the hospital, shot and killed a sheriff’s deputy who was monitoring the suspect, the subject of a domestic-related incident outside the St. Cloud area.
BCA Superintendent Drew Evans identified the deputy as 60-year-old Steven Sandberg who was an investigator. Sandberg had with the Aitkin County Sherrif’s Office since 1991.
The suspect was identified at 50-year-old Danny L. Hammond of rural Aitkin.
Authorities say a struggled ensued between Sandberg and Hammond. During that struggle, 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 Evans.
Police and hospital officials declined to say at a news conference why Hammond was being treated at the hospital.
They 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 was earlier in the week.
Governor Dayton released a statement after learning of Deputy Sandberg’s death:
“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.
Investigator Sandberg leaves behind a wife and daughter