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Charges: Prior Lake man shot teen in the head during drug deal outside Savage Target

A 16-year-old Burnsville boy was shot in the head and killed.
Taran Miller, TanyaMarie Miller

Three family members have been charged in connection to the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy in the parking lot of Target in Savage, Minnesota. 

The boy, since identified as Samuel Keezer, was found by police shot in the head Friday, Feb. 28.

He was rushed to Hennepin County Medical Center where he died over the weekend. On Tuesday, police arrested three family members from Prior Lake. 

Taran C. Miller, 44, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder; his wife, TanyaMarie Miller, 43, is charged with two counts of aiding an offender and being an accomplice after the fact; and their 16-year-old son has also been charged with second-degree murder. 

According to a criminal complaint, Keezer pulled into the parking lot and then got into the front passenger seat of a vehicle that Taran Miller and his son were in. Surveillance footage shows their vehicle driving out of the parking lot, then Keezer either falling out or being pushed out of the passenger door onto the parking lot pavement. 

At that same time, two witnesses told police that they heard a "pop" and saw the victim lying on the ground. 

Investigators learned that Keezer had been communicating through Snapchat with with the juvenile suspect and had arranged to a meet at Target to buy marijuana. 

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Miller confessed to sitting in the back seat of the vehicle and shooting the teen in the head because he thought he was going to take the marijuana without paying for it. He then instructed his son to drive away. 

Later, he and his wife drove to a relative's house in Mankato and hid the gun in a lock box, also hiding the vehicle in a neighbor's garage. 

 The Hennepin County Medical Examiner ruled Keezer's death a homicide by gunshot wound to the head. 

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