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Murder suspect dies while in custody at Scott County Jail

Taran Miller was being held on first-degree murder charges.
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A 44-year-old man died early Tuesday while in custody in the Scott County Jail in Shakopee. 

According to the Scott County Sheriff's Office, a corrections officer found Taran Cortez Miller unresponsive in his cell during a routine inmate health and wellness check at about 3:46 a.m. on Tuesday. 

Despite attempts to revive Miller, he was pronounced dead at 4:33 a.m.

The sheriff's office says Miller was arrested by the Savage Police Department and booked into jail on March 3 on first-degree murder charges. 

According to Southwest News Media, Miller and his 17-year-old son were indicted on first-degree murder charges in September in connection to the killing of 16-year-old Samuel Keezer during a drug deal in a Target parking lot in Savage on Feb. 28. 

Miller had recently been placed in quarantine after an off-site hospital visit – he was being housed in a cell by himself at the time of his death, per jail COVID-19 protocol. 

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner will determine his cause of death. No other information was released. 

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