A Minnesota deputy was found dead in a hospital after a suspect allegedly shot the officer with his own government-issued gun.
State officials released a statement that said Steven Sandberg, an investigator for the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office, died during a quarrel with suspect he was guarding at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota, CNN reports.
According to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the suspect, 50-year-old Danny Hammond, "[gained] control of Sandberg's gun and shot him" at approximately 5:15 a.m. on Oct. 18.
Hammond was admitted into the hospital to receive care after a domestic abuse incident.
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The suspect later died after a security guard used a Taser to restrain him.
In a statement following the incident, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton of Minnesota called the officer's 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," Dayton added.
Sandberg was a 24-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office and is survived by his daughter.
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Twenty-four law enforcement officers have been fatally shot this year, according to a CNN report in August. The total number of officers who have died in the line of duty in 2015 has risen to 85, compared to 73 during the January-September 2014 stretch.