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Posted on: December 22, 2020

Inmate Dies in Scott County Jail

The Scott County Sheriff’s Office said today that a 44-year-old man, died while in custody at the Scott County Jail in Shakopee.

At approximately 3:46 a.m. on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, during a routine inmate health and wellness check, Corrections Officers found Taran Cortez Miller unresponsive in his cell and appeared to be suffering from a medical emergency.  Officers immediately began performing CPR on Miller and continued performing life-saving efforts alongside Allina Emergency Medical Services once they arrived.  After exhaustive efforts to resuscitate Miller, he was pronounced dead at 4:33 a.m.  

Pursuant to Jail COVID-19 protocol, Miller had been recently placed in quarantine after an off-site hospital visit and was housed in a cell by himself at the time of his death.

Miller was arrested by Savage Police Department and booked into the Scott County Jail on March 3, 2020 where he was being held on charges of First-Degree Murder.  

Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation and review of the death by the Minnesota Department of Corrections, no further details are available at this time. 

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death. 

The Scott County Sheriff's Office was assisted in this incident by Allina EMS and the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office.  

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Look for more news on the Scott County Sheriff’s website at www.scottcountymn.gov/sheriff 

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