Channel Five is reporting that the man who shot Darren Evanovich after he pistol-whipped a 53 year old woman last week won’t be charged:
That word today from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.
But the sister of the dead robber faces two counts of Aggravated First Degree Robbery.
Authorities say they believe 20-year-old Octavia Marberry of Minneapolis has possibly been involved as an accomplice in this and two other store parking lot robberies.
Frankly, I’m just a tad stunned.
Even though the case was apparenlty a good enough example of self-defense to keep even the Henco Attorney’s office off the “good samaritan”‘s case.
The reporter for The Five did a signal job of actually getting the facts straight:
According to the criminal complaint, on Thursday, October 20th, a 53-year-old woman was robbed just before 10:00 p.m. outside the Cub Foods on 26th Avenue and struck in the head by a gun held by the robber, 23-year-old Darren Evanovich.
Minneapolis Police say their investigation showed that at least two other people were with him and one of them was Marberry.
After Evanovich took the woman’s purse, all three ran off in a northwest direction, police say.
That’s when a man who witnessed the robbery chased Evanovich.
According to witnesses, the man drove up to the spot where he saw Evanovich going through the victim’s purse and asked him if he wanted to give the purse back.
Witnesses say that’s when it started to turn ugly–Evanovich pointed his gun at the “Good Samaritan,” and moved towards him.
The man in the vehicle pulled out his handgun and shot Evanovich.
Authorities say after they reviewed the circumstances, they determined that the man “acted in self-defense.”
To be honest, I expected Henco Attorney Mike Freeman to try to find some pretext for throwing the book at the shooter.
I’m pleasantly surprised:
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said today in a press release, “While this man is to be commended for helping his fellow citizen in need, a note of caution is appropriate. We prefer that armed citizens do not chase after criminals. Too much can go wrong with deadly consequences.”
Nobody who took concealed carry class needs to be told twice.
As my carry teacher, the late Joel Rosenberg, told us over and over again, shooting in self-defense is the second-worst possible outcome. Your kids growing up without a parent, when you yourself did nothing wrong, is worse.