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'Someone just shot grandpa': Ex-Marine charged with murder of Shakopee man

The 65-year-old was shot dead at a home on Monday.
Brady Daniel Zipoy

The alleged killer of a 65-year-old man who was shot dead at his Shakopee home this week has been identified as a 23-year-old former Marine from Minneapolis.

Brady Daniel Zipoy has been charged with second-degree murder for the Monday killing, which was reported around 7:20 p.m. at a home on the 2400 block of Paha Circle. 

A criminal complaint details the alleged crime, stating that Zipoy was caught by officers arriving at the scene as he was running from a driveway in a black shirt, black shorts and no shoes. Minutes earlier, multiple 911 callers reported gunshots coming from the home. 

The 65-year-old victim, identified by family as Timothy Guion, was found in the basement. He'd been shot in the head and was later pronounced dead at Hennepin County Medical Center. 

Witnesses in the home with Guion told police that they were in the basement when they heard someone upstairs. The 65-year-old went to the bottom of the stairs and said "Hello?" That's when Zipoy started coming down the stairs. The victim asked, "Can I help you?" 

Guion's granddaughter, who was in the home, reported hearing someone say "Yeah" before they fired three shots from 5-6 feet away, having never made it all the way down the stairs, before fleeing. 

Just after Zipoy fled, Guion's granddaughter shouted, "someone just shot grandpa" to her husband, who was outside with their 2-year-old daughter at the time. 

Her husband went inside and picked up Guion's pistol, which was on the floor next to him. The granddaughter and her child then hid in a bathroom while the husband held the pistol and hid behind a pole out of fear that Zipoy might still be inside the home. 

It emerged that Zipoy had earlier been in a neighboring house with a male referred to in the criminal complaint as Witness 1.

Witness 1 told police he'd asked Zipoy around to his home to hang out earlier that day, and they smoked marijuana.

He also said Zipoy had previously been in the military and had returned to Minnesota about two years ago. He told police he knew Zipoy was struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and that he was a "big gun guy" and always carried a firearm.

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Witness 1 said Zipoy had been acting "increasingly bizarre" and "making strange posts on social media," which were so odd that he was being teased by mutual friends.

"The Defendant continued making bizarre statements Witness 1 did not understand. Witness 1 stated he told the Defendant that his comments were scaring him," the complaint says.

Shortly after 7 p.m., Zipoy abruptly left the house in a silver Chevy Malibu. Several minutes later he returned, parked in Guion's driveway, walked downstairs and opened fire, striking Guion in the head, left hand and upper back. 

The witness from the neighboring home heard the shots and told his fiancee to lock herself in the bathroom. She also called 911.

Surveillance video from the scene showed Zipoy entering the house, at which point he admitted to police he shot the victim, and then ran outside and fired shots into the air, before dropping the gun on the driveway.  

Zipoy's Facebook page lists him as a Marine veteran who previously studied at Normandale Community College.

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