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St. Cloud Hospital guard won't be charged after fatally tasing patient who killed deputy


A St. Cloud Hospital security guard won’t be charged in the tasing of a sheriff’s deputy’s killer who died after the Oct. 18 altercation.

The Stearns County attorney’s office announced Wednesday that the actions of security officer Ricky Ray Hess Jr. were justified under the circumstances, in which a patient had snatched a deputy’s gun and fatally shot him.

Hess used his Taser to incapacitate the patient, 50-year-old Danny Leroy Hammond, which probably sent him into cardiac arrest, the report said. Despite immediate medical attention, Hammond died.


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