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Gregory Miller, 32 -- Murdered

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A San Francisco man who was shot and killed in Golden Gate Park had confronted two brothers after they tried to rob a woman, police said Wednesday.

The 27-year-old victim, identified as Taff Michel, was shot at 6:48 p.m. Tuesday on Kezar Drive south of John F. Kennedy Drive.

Police identified the suspects as Travis Tackett, 22, and his brother, William Tackett, 24, both from Redmond, Wash. They were arrested on suspicion of murder and were both being held without bail pending formal charges.

Investigators said the two men were in the process of robbing an unknown woman in Golden Gate Park near Kezar Drive when the woman screamed and started to berate them.

A man, an acquaintance of Michel's, saw that the suspects were armed and shouted to the woman about the weapon. The suspects walked away, and the woman followed them. The man continued warning her about their being armed.

She stopped following them, and the man followed them but retreated when they showed him a gun. At this point, Michel was approaching the suspects, and his acquaintance warned Michel about the weapon, police said. It is unknown whether Michel heard the warning.

Michel confronted the suspects and was shot multiple times, inspector Tom Walsh said.

"He was an innocent victim,'' Walsh said.

A police search of the area turned up the suspects, hiding in bushes nearby. "They got lost -- they did not know where they were going,'' Walsh said.

Police spokeswoman Maria Oropeza said police were trying to determine whether there were any other robberies committed in the area in the days before the shooting. "We are obviously looking for anyone else who may have been involved,'' she said.

Police are looking for the woman who was targeted in the robbery as well as a couple in a white SUV who may have witnessed the events.

San Francisco police are also investigating another homicide that was discovered Tuesday.

In that case, a San Francisco man who police say was slain over the weekend was apparently targeted in a robbery at his home where he grew marijuana for sale.

Gregory Miller, 32, a project manager for a solar power installation firm in Napa, was found at 8 p.m. Tuesday by police who were summoned to check on him after he failed to come to work.

Police went in through a window and found Miller dead in his home in the 1000 block of Jamestown Ave. Police found dozens of marijuana plants in another room.

Police believe Miller was killed by robbers who escaped with cash, said Inspector Michael Johnson.

Miller had no criminal record, Johnson said.



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