Menahga teen charged with murder in Sept. 18 shooting death

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MENAHGA — Authorities have charged a 17-year-old in connection to the shooting death of Menahga, Minn., teen Sept. 18.

Logan Daniel Keranen, 17, of Menahga is charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Public court documents reveal details of the incident, including evidence that a shotgun was used to kill Michael Erickson at a friend's home.

The documents allege that Keranen grabbed a shotgun from a safe in his house to show it off. He says the gun went off while Erickson was lying in bed sleeping. A preliminary autopsy was completed on Sept. 19, and the cause of death was deemed to be due to a “contact” shotgun wound to the head. According to court records, a contact wound is classified as a wound which the firearm is placed directly against the skin when fired.

A medical examiner ruled the cause of death is homicide.


Keranen appeared before a judge on Sept. 22, then was released to his parents. It's not clear if he'll be tried as an adult.

The family of Michael Erickson has set up a GoFundMe to help pay for the financial burden related to his death.

Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia, Juarez,Mexico and the Middle East. He is an multiple Emmy and national Edward R. Murrow award recipient.

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