Sheriff Scott Turner of the Aitkin County Sheriff Department in Minnesota sadly reports the death of Deputy Sheriff Steven Sandberg.

Deputy Sanberg, 60, was shot and killed while he was guarding a prisoner at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

The suspect was a “person of interest” in a domestic violence assault that had occurred outside the St. Cloud Tri-County area. The St. Cloud Hospital administration had requested additional security due to the seriousness of the assault situation. The suspect was not under arrest and subsequently was not handcuffed or restrained in any way while he was being treated at the hospital.

At or about 5:15 am the suspect attacked Deputy Sandberg while they were alone in the hospital room on the fifth floor of the medical facility. During the altercation, the suspect was successful in disarming Deputy Sandberg and discharged his duty weapon several times mortally wounding Deputy Sandberg.

A hospital security guard armed with a taser was able to subdue the suspect and handcuff him. The suspect then went into cardiac arrest and died a short time later.

The shooting investigation is being conducted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Deputy Sandberg served the Aitkin County Sheriff Department for twenty four years. The last twenty years he had been assigned as an Investigator. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

Steven Sandberg-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Sunday, October 18, 2015.

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Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow