Hennepin County makes the right choice in Good Samaritan shooting

posted at 1:15 pm on October 29, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Give some credit to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, even if the outcome of the Evanovich case was nothing more than common sense. Darren Evanovich and his sister participated in an armed robbery outside of a grocery store in Minneapolis last week, which they concluded by pistol-whipping the middle-aged woman they robbed. A Good Samaritan chased after Evanovich, but Evanovich pulled the gun when he turned the corner. Unfortunately for Evanovich, the Good Samaritan had a carry permit and a handgun of his own — which he drew and fired after Evanovich drew first. Evanovich died almost immediately, and the question became whether the police and/or the DA would charge him with homicide.

Not only did Freeman decline to press charges, he commended the Good Samaritan for responding to “his fellow citizen in need”:

No charges will be filed against the “Good Samaritan” who shot and killed a robber two weeks ago in the parking lot of a Cub Foods store in Minneapolis.

That word today from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office….

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.”

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.”

That’s actually good advice. As the late Joel Rosenberg wrote and taught, a carry permit is not a Junior G-Man badge. In those circumstances, people would be better advised to call 911 and let the police deal with the situation rather than confronting an assailant known to be armed. However, it was clear from the beginning that the Good Samaritan didn’t initiate the deadly threat, and that the perp was a dangerous person.

If all you knew about this case came from the local media, however, you’d never know that. My radio partner and carry-permit activist Mitch Berg has followed this case closely at Shot in the Dark, and has blasted the coverage this case received from local print and TV. That includes KSTP, which produced today’s much more balanced report, and WCCO, which gave Evanovich’s mother a sympathetic interview that made the claim that Evanovich was the victim. The Star Tribune printed a lengthy article that focused on Evanovich’s dedication to his community, which unsurprisingly left out a few details about Evanovich’s last few moments of life, and made it sound as if the Good Samaritan had just hunted Evanovich down like a dog.

In fact, here’s a great look at Matt McKinney’s “reporting” on this story:

The investigation ensnared Evanovich’s sister, Octavia Marberry, this week when she was jailed on allegations of fraud and aggravated robbery. She had been with Evanovich the night he died, and according to their mother, held him in her arms as he took his last breath.

She was “with Evanovich the night he died,” all right — she was an accomplice in the crime:

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.

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.

In fact, in the new KSTP report above, it sounds as though Octavia Marberry may have been the ringleader of this gang. The investigation didn’t “ensnare” her, as the Strib tries to frame it — Marberry was always at the center of it.

Given the kind of pressure that the local media tried to put on Freeman, his decision to do the right thing is all the more remarkable. Kudos to him, and jeers to the local media that tried to turn a victim into a criminal and the criminals into victims. They should be ashamed of themselves. They won’t be, but they should.

You can bet that Mitch and I will be discussing this on today’s NARN, so be sure to tune in.

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That isnt an isolated incident.

Woman shoots home intruder to death
October 22, 2011 7:41 AM

Rebecca Jarvis speaks with Donna Hopper, a 66-year old woman who shot and killed man who broke into her home, and Rhonada Mann, the 911 dispatcher who took Donna’s call.

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7385588n

William Amos on October 29, 2011 at 1:20 PM

That’s right Sis, the only thing that was approriate for you to say was, “Nobody deserves to be robbed.”

Reap what you sow.

hawkdriver on October 29, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Hat’s off and some well-armed up twinkles to the Good Samaritan and DA Freeman.

TXUS on October 29, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Thank goodness for the ‘good samaritan’! People are getting fed up with being robbed and raped, so if you have a carry permit, use your ‘means’ to protect yourself or others! No one wants to wound or kill someone, but as a citizen of the US we have to right TO defend ourselves.
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letget on October 29, 2011 at 1:25 PM

What a surprise. The Obama Party, the Barack Obama-controlled media, and the Obama-owned racist community demanding that someone be prosecuted for shooting a person who threatened them with a gun — after said person had beaten and robbed an older working person.

This is Obama wealth redistribution at work. This is what Barack Obama endorses — being able to take whatever you want at gunpoint and beat up anyone who dares say you shouldn’t.

northdallasthirty on October 29, 2011 at 1:29 PM

The thug’s sister said no one should die for stealing a purse. Sorry honey but he died because he pointed a gun at someone he thought was not armed.

CW on October 29, 2011 at 1:30 PM

I love a happy ending.

FloatingRock on October 29, 2011 at 1:31 PM

The perps family will sue Good Samaritan for wrongful death, count on it.

darwin-t on October 29, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Thank goodness for the ‘good samaritan’!
letget on October 29, 2011 at 1:25 PM

I agree.Just imagine if the thieves thought that someone might actually stand up to them.

CW on October 29, 2011 at 1:32 PM

They should be ashamed of themselves.

Why? They have an agenda to push. Let them work at it long enough and the story will be that Evanovich and his sister were merely out collecting for local charities while on their way to choir practice after donating blood at the local Red Cross.

GarandFan on October 29, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Well there will be no state charges. There is of course also the inevitable Wrongful Death lawsuit that will have to be contended with sometime in the very near future.

Tommy_G on October 29, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Good story. Calling 911, while recommended, rarely prevents anything like this. it’s good to see the good guys #winning.

ted c on October 29, 2011 at 1:36 PM

The media is the worst perpetrator of lies and distortions and it is only getting worse. In a more sane day, the Good Samaritan would have been hailed as a hero by law enforcement and media alike. Now, the media portrays the perp as the hero and victim and the real victims and hero are demonized.

AZfederalist on October 29, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Tommy_G on October 29, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Too bad all states don’t have ‘looser pay’ for lawsuits like this one could be? They sure wouldn’t put me on the jury, I would vote for the ‘good samaritan’!
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letget on October 29, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Also, here’s the racism and hypocrisy that strikes in these laws: who wants to bet that Evanovich was in possession of and carrying said gun illegally?

Number one thing if you want to see liberals melt down: ask them why, if it’s so important to control guns, you never, repeat NEVER, see them arresting and charging minority members who are illegally carrying.

Someone needs to file a lawsuit against all the states who ban or restrict concealed carry — for racial profiling and unequal enforcement against white people and those with licenses.

northdallasthirty on October 29, 2011 at 1:37 PM

The perps family will sue Good Samaritan for wrongful death, count on it.

darwin-t on October 29, 2011 at 1:31 PM

You know it.

Heh.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-for-Darren-Evanovich/130447887060634

Oh come on he was turning his life around…
http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/132807258.html

CW on October 29, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Mike Freeman is a good county attorney. I may not agree with everything he does but he is so much better than Klobuchar ever was.

gophergirl on October 29, 2011 at 1:37 PM

That’s actually good advice. As the late Joel Rosenberg wrote and taught, a carry permit is not a Junior G-Man badge.

Agreed. However, once the robber who had already committed a forcible felony turned around with a weapon, the Good Samaritan had a right to defend himself.

He shouldn’t have run after the guy. But that’s not grounds for a charge.

amerpundit on October 29, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Crime has changed over the years. They just don’t sneak in a window anymore to take your hi-fi.

Then: Now:

Auto theft Car jacking
Mugging Violent attacks (with robbery the motive)
Cat burglery Home invasion
Rape Serial killings by sexual predators
Cooperate & live Fight back or die

Laura in Maryland on October 29, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Agreed. However, once the robber who had already committed a forcible felony turned around with a weapon, the Good Samaritan had a right to defend himself.

He shouldn’t have run after the guy. But that’s not grounds for a charge.

amerpundit on October 29, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Absolutely. We should also keep in mind that he may not have realized that Evanovich had a gun; he may have only seen the first victim getting “mugged”.

Ed Morrissey on October 29, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Up-twinkels for concealed carry and taking down a scumbag.

catmman on October 29, 2011 at 1:42 PM

He shouldn’t have run after the guy. But that’s not grounds for a charge.

amerpundit on October 29, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Again I will make the point: How much of this would be nipped in the bud IF these criminals thought this might happen. They count on nobody intervening. The guy’s a hero.

CW on October 29, 2011 at 1:43 PM

609.065 JUSTIFIABLE TAKING OF LIFE
The intentional taking of the life of another is not authorized by section 609.06, except when necessary in resisting or preventing an offense which the actor reasonably believes exposes the actor or another to great bodily harm or death, or preventing the commission of a felony in the actor’s place of abode.

Hats off to DA Mike Freeman, who made the right choice to follow the law. Sadly, the Castle Doctrine is not in every state code.

BigGator5 on October 29, 2011 at 1:46 PM

letget on October 29, 2011 at 1:37 PM

What makes you think they would lose the lawsuit. The reason so many lawsuits are filed these days is because even the crazy ones have payouts. You never can tell how a jury will react. But it was a good thing that Evanovich died. Had he lived it there could be an even more sensational lawsuit.

Tommy_G on October 29, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Sis also has her own Facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/people/Darren-Evanovich/100002904876769#!/profile.php?id=100000573301957&sk=wall

Del Dolemonte on October 29, 2011 at 1:47 PM

By all means, call the police. Maybe after shift change, thay can get somebody out there.

Mr. Grump on October 29, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Tommy_G on October 29, 2011 at 1:46 PM

I didn’t mean to imply that they would loose, at least that wasn’t my intent. It seems that having ‘looser pay’ cuts down on lawsuits?
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letget on October 29, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Damn…just when he was going to get his GED and turn his life around.

NeoKong on October 29, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Some say diamonds are a girl’s best friend. I say a Glock 23 is.

TxAnn56 on October 29, 2011 at 1:55 PM

The international and local do-gooders, yes the ones who celebrate Quadaffi’s cut-up, will condemn this “execution”.

Schadenfreude on October 29, 2011 at 1:57 PM

The sister ought to be charged with murder. When you participate in a crime of violence, and somebody is killed, you’re responsible no matter who the victim is. Most states have that on the books.

Socratease on October 29, 2011 at 1:57 PM

The thug’s sister said no one should die for stealing a purse.
CW on October 29, 2011 at 1:30 PM

And my response is, says who? Besides the purse-snatcher, I mean. Our civilization does not look to thugs and hoodlums to set the standards for us. All crime undermines a sense of safety and community, and I will not lose a wink of sleep if someone dies for stealing a purse–in fact, I will feel safer that I am no longer under threat of that person.

DrMagnolias on October 29, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Damn…just when he was going to get his GED and turn his life around.

NeoKong on October 29, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Heh! I suppose the local folks will be treated to stories about how “poor” these two were, and that they were only trying to “feed their family.” Yeah. You pistol-whipped your robbery victims. That ain’t poor. That’s just robbery.

The sister ought to be charged with murder. When you participate in a crime of violence, and somebody is killed, you’re responsible no matter who the victim is. Most states have that on the books.

Socratease on October 29, 2011 at 1:57 PM

This. Let her sue the good samaritan from county lock-up where she’s awaiting trial for murder.

That we even have to have a discussion about whether or not this guy should be charged tells how far this country has fallen. Fortunately, more and more folks are arming themselves to accommodate that fall.

Rational Thought on October 29, 2011 at 2:05 PM

By all means, call the police. Maybe after shift change, thay can get somebody out there.

Mr. Grump on October 29, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Safety tip of the day:

Never stand outside the doors of the police department at 2 pm or 3pm . You will get run over.

CW on October 29, 2011 at 2:07 PM

TxAnn56 on October 29, 2011 at 1:55 PM

How about a diamond encrusted Glock 23?

BigGator5 on October 29, 2011 at 2:08 PM

If the lady that was robbed had died from a heart attack from the stress, isn’t that murder? In the ladies purse was possibly her check book, credit cards, ss #, drivers license, cell phone and numerous other personal affects. How much damage could that robber and darling sister do with all this stuff?
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letget on October 29, 2011 at 2:12 PM

You folks who don’t live in The People’s Republic of Minneapolis have no idea how huge this is.

The local MSM lynch mob was out for the Good Samaritan’s hide since day one.

That died-in-the-wool DFL apparatchik like Freeman didn’t bring charges is miracle.

The only thing that would make this story better is if the shooter was Bishop.

Bruno Strozek on October 29, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Sis also has her own Facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/people/Darren-Evanovich/100002904876769#!/profile.php?id=100000573301957&sk=wall

Del Dolemonte on October 29, 2011 at 1:47 PM

The mentality of the comments there are first a bit frightening and second, pure racism.

hawkdriver on October 29, 2011 at 2:16 PM

is if the shooter was Bishop.

Bruno Strozek on October 29, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Are you sure it wasn’t?/

CW on October 29, 2011 at 2:17 PM

How about a diamond encrusted Glock 23?

BigGator5 on October 29, 2011 at 2:08 PM

I’m getting giddy over the thought.

TxAnn56 on October 29, 2011 at 2:19 PM

I’m getting giddy over the thought.

TxAnn56 on October 29, 2011 at 2:19 PM

I bet. ;)

BigGator5 on October 29, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Armed robbery is sufficient excuse for self defense with deadly force. We just had a woman get raped during a “routine” robbery. When he found the clerk had no money, he then carjacked a woman who pulled up during the robbery and started filling her tank, took her to an ATM, and as an afterthought he raped her. Similar type suspect to this story as well. Yes, I just said that. Word to the wise, stand in safe places at safe times, always be aware of your surroundings, learn to spot potentially dangerous people – patterns and stereotypes can be helpful if used flexibly, and do not get in a car during a crime – ever.

As for a potential wrongful death suite, for you legal types, what are the possibilities of a counter suite against them for malicious or frivolous intent etc.?

scotash on October 29, 2011 at 2:33 PM

correction: wrongful death suit. I don’t think that kind of stuff is at a Hampton Inn suite…

scotash on October 29, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Again I will make the point: How much of this would be nipped in the bud IF these criminals thought this might happen. They count on nobody intervening. The guy’s a hero.

CW on October 29, 2011 at 1:43 PM

+1

The fault lies entirely with the one who breaks the law, not the one who is trying to stop the criminal.

sharrukin on October 29, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Of course we would never be faced with this situation in CA. Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown just signed the new law prohibiting open (unloaded) carry in the state. Since most sheriff departments will not issue concealed carry permits, handguns are now worthy of gift giving as bronzed or framed curiosities.

in_awe on October 29, 2011 at 2:55 PM

…and jeers to the local media that tried to turn a victim into a criminal and the criminals into victims. They should be ashamed of themselves. They won’t be, but they should.

truer words…

Tim_CA on October 29, 2011 at 3:09 PM

I went to the “Justice for Darren Evanovich” face book page.
But I had a hard time understanding what was being posted.
I am not illiterate nor do I speak Jive.

mechkiller_k on October 29, 2011 at 3:32 PM

This literally happened right by my work (I work in a store down the strip from where this happened). Prior to this incident, there were 2 robberies in the same parking lot (in a two week period), after this incident, nothing.

DanStark on October 29, 2011 at 3:53 PM

They shoot rabid dogs, don’t they?

Adjoran on October 29, 2011 at 3:58 PM

DanStark on October 29, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Please be safe! Do you have ‘mean’s for protection?
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letget on October 29, 2011 at 3:59 PM

So this guy and his sister were part of an armed gang of thugs who were robbing and beating people, and the local media tries to make them out to be crime victims because one of these thugs pulled a gun on the wrong guy?

If this was happening anywhere other than Minnesota, I might not believe it.

AZCoyote on October 29, 2011 at 4:09 PM

If this was happening anywhere other than Minnesota, I might not believe it.

AZCoyote on October 29, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Two of my favorite MD media moments:

18 year-old woman raped and beaten by two 19 year old youths (Allegedly)

We want to know why the cop shot the man when he was only armed with a knife (story immediately following a stabbing death story involving a broken bottle)

Laura in Maryland on October 29, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Get a few more of them we need some of tha.

CommentGuy on October 29, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Sis also has her own Facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/people/Darren-Evanovich/100002904876769#!/profile.php?id=100000573301957&sk=wall

Del Dolemonte on October 29, 2011 at 1:47 PM

The mentality of the comments there are first a bit frightening and second, pure racism.

hawkdriver on October 29, 2011 at 2:16 PM

To them, they are fighting against an unjust system that keeps blacks in the back of the bus while whitey gets all the money, jobs, etc.

I’m actually surprised any of them can use a computer at all considering the literacy rate observed on that site.

BierManVA on October 29, 2011 at 6:01 PM

From the dead mo-fo’s facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002904876769

Philosophy
Favorite Quotations:

I was born alone and i will die alone.. I`ve got to do what`s right for me and Not live mi life the way anybody else wants it….

Well, it looks like you got one thing right.

BierManVA on October 29, 2011 at 6:06 PM

How much of this would be nipped in the bud IF these criminals thought this might happen.
CW on October 29, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Just about all of it.

Of course, outside of traffic patrol and drunk-and-disorderly conduct, real policemen almost never STOP crimes from being commited. They try to solve crimes after-the-fact, and sometimes track down the suspect and take him in for eventual trial. Real criminals aren’t afraid of that; it’s just a risk of their business.

Criminals are like any other predators: they look for the weak members of the herd, and strike when they are most vulnerable. The only thing that criminals are actually afraid of is someone being in a position to actually STOP them in the act – using whatever force is necessary. And 999 times out of a thousand, that’s not going to be a policeman.

logis on October 29, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Few points:

- The “Good Samaritan” didn’t chase the bad guys, he stopped to help the injured person.

- Like it or not, purse snatchers don’t deserve to be shot dead. That’s the same sort of thinking that had an audience cheering the number of criminals put to death in Texas.

- When we no longer expect our police to handle criminals but instead choose to rely on gunplay by civilians we’ve entered an entirely new phase of our American experiment.

- A guy with a “concealed carry” permit used the gun to put three bullets in the head of a police officer while he lay on the ground defenseless not 1 mile from my home in a Northeastern suburban town. We’ve never had a policeman murdered here in more than 175 years before.

- Just pray that the next time the guy who shot this purse-snatcher doesn’t miss and hit some “collateral damage.”

jdp629 on October 29, 2011 at 8:25 PM

jdp629

Except he wasn’t just a “purse snatcher”, and did get what he deserved – lethal force met with lethal force.

SarahW on October 29, 2011 at 8:27 PM

Maybe, but you’all seem to be high-fiving because a purse snatcher who tried to scare a civilian by brandishing a gun got shot and killed. Nobody knows whether he would have pulled the gun on a police officer in uniform (heck, nobody knows whether he would have shot the guy if he had just turned around and run away); but everybody seems to know that if called the police officer would either have waited for a shift change or to finish his donuts before responding. Nobody seems to give half a thought to thanking God that his aim was good and he didn’t instead hit an innocent bystander (it’s happened) or miss the guy and have him hit an innocent bystander trying to shoot the “good Samaritan.”

Maybe we’re all just wishing we could go back to the old “wild west” days where everybody was “packing” and there was no crime.

jdp629 on October 29, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Bless his heart!

When I was in ft worth ten, fifteen yrs ago an armed robber robbed a man and took off

the victim chased him down and waxed him, no charge

we all know Joe horn

I like Texas, don’t need to be threatened, just need for the punk to conti ue stealing your sheet

adious homey !

Sonosam on October 29, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Maybe we’re all just wishing we could go back to the old “wild west” days where everybody was “packing” and there was no crime.

jdp629 on October 29, 2011 at 8:39 PM

And maybe you’re like a liberal who thinks about the way the world should be instead of the world the way it is. No one got hurt except a scumbag who deserved what he got. Grow a pair, for god’s sake…

gryphon202 on October 29, 2011 at 11:01 PM

- A guy with a “concealed carry” permit used the gun to put three bullets in the head of a police officer while he lay on the ground defenseless not 1 mile from my home in a Northeastern suburban town. We’ve never had a policeman murdered here in more than 175 years before.

jdp629 on October 29, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Post a link or it didn’t happen.
How many defenseless innocent people have been murdered by police officers?

Maybe we’re all just wishing we could go back to the old “wild west” days where everybody was “packing” and there was no crime.

jdp629 on October 29, 2011 at 8:39 PM

The lawlessness of the old west is mostly a myth created by Hollywood and other fiction writers.

With the exception of “Indian Violence” you were at lower risk of being a victim of a violent crime than you are now if you live in a gun control city today.

Slowburn on October 29, 2011 at 11:04 PM

This all came together the way it’s supposed to.

All the hand wringing about “he shouldn’t have gone after the perp” is all reasonable and useful for CYA but does nothing for the victims of robbery and assault, past, present and future. Here an armed Good Samaritan with some sack stood up for the community, and deserves a f*ing medal, not just for shooting a vicious felonious punk, but for doing it right. We need more men willing to confront punks who make death threats, rob and pistol whip middle age woman, or worse.

God Bless the Good Samaritan.

Kenosha Kid on October 29, 2011 at 11:45 PM

a purse snatcher who tried to scare a civilian by brandishing a gun got shot and killed. ….
jdp629 on October 29, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Reading comprehension fail.

Kenosha Kid on October 29, 2011 at 11:49 PM

God Bless the Good Samaritan.

Kenosha Kid on October 29, 2011 at 11:45 PM

Amen. The only thing I’m sorry about is that there are wimps in America that can’t stand the thought of a little rough justice.

gryphon202 on October 29, 2011 at 11:54 PM

WOW ! I guess things have turned the corner!
I am impressed!
Good for every one involved.

ColdWarrior57 on October 30, 2011 at 12:04 AM

Damn those armeds!

They screw up a perfectly simple armed mugging and gun waving threat of murder.

profitsbeard on October 30, 2011 at 12:18 AM

jdp629 on October 29, 2011 at 8:25 PM

I support your right to decline to take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of others as a matter of the first Amendment. Please support my right to defend myself and my loved ones as a matter of the second.

Immolate on October 30, 2011 at 1:28 AM

Maybe, but you’all seem to be high-fiving because a purse snatcher who tried to scare a civilian by brandishing a gun got shot and killed.

jdp629 on October 29, 2011 at 8:39 PM

So he wouldn’t have shot anyone, he wasn’t a threat, he was just brandishing… and you know this?

Sweet, can you give me the last words of my grandfather? I’ve forgotten them, but since you can magically read the minds of dead people to know exactly what they were thinking, how they would have acted, and all that mystical stuff… you can help me out, right?

I’m thinking a guy who assaults a senior citizen, then pointed a gun at me might be a threat… but I can’t read minds like you can.

That or I’m just not as trusting in the pacifistic non-violent nature of violent criminals.

Or did you forget this guy whose only crime of “purse-snatching” also pistol whipped an elderly lady? I guess the old lady deserved to be assaulted? Who cares if she died, she wasn’t shot so clearly he wouldn’t really kill anyone… I guess.

Go back and get another excuse, this one ain’t working.

gekkobear on October 30, 2011 at 2:36 AM

Well, cops have far worse record in causing collateral damage while trying to take on thugs, punks and bad guys in general… now, i do not blame them for that – it is an unfortunate part of the job

How ever the same level of understanding and respect needs to be given to a civilian who is merely trying to defend himself/herself…the good Samaritan was “not playing cop” exactly even though he does seem to possess a cop’s reflexes in shooting at the first signal of mortal danger..good for him

I used to live in downtown Minneapolis which i believe is a part of Hennepin county – I am SHOCKED… SHOCKED that the DA allowed the Good Samaritan to go.. this is a real dyed in the wool liberal city and liberals must be frothing at the mouth… there is a civilian lawsuit coming up and we all know it

nagee76 on October 30, 2011 at 4:35 AM

No charges will be filed against the “Good Samaritan” who shot and killed a robber two weeks ago in the parking lot of a Cub Foods store in Minneapolis.

I love a happy ending

JIMV on October 30, 2011 at 7:24 AM

Kudos to the good Samaritan

Chuck on October 30, 2011 at 8:59 AM

NeoKong on October 29, 2011 at 1:52 PM

“Come on, b!tch! Give up dat purse. I gots to pay my tuition at de Hennepin County Community College . . .”.

BigAlSouth on October 30, 2011 at 9:12 AM

You cant charge someone in this instance. There is nothing illegal about stopping, preventing or apprehending someone who just committed a violent felony.

It’s self defense and defense of a third party, period and we should not even be having this discussion actually.

tx2654 on October 30, 2011 at 10:36 AM

While the msm in this case slides around the real issues in this event – IF you read the entire articles – even the STrib gets the story out.

Sister is on surveillance tape after the Oct 12 & 15th robberies using the credit cards of those victims. Read further and Mom is on surveillance tape using the checks of one of the victims. Thus this Son who was turning his life around, didn’t fall very far from the family tree of crime.

If you watch the tape – Evanovich did 22 months in jail for felony armed robbery – a robbery by force with a gun – and this was after being in a group home (so much for the loving family mantra of criminal Mom). Notice no one in the msm is mentioning why a 19 year old is in a group home – any guesses as to why? So much for investigative reporting.

As the criminal justice system has failed not only Evanovich but more importantly society, at least now, one of the more violent criminals in that family is no longer able to threaten and attack people in that area. To me that is a win.

jackal40 on October 30, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Well, THAT saved the taxpayers of Hennepin County a small fortune!

ultracon on October 30, 2011 at 12:07 PM

jdp629 on October 29, 2011 at 8:39 PM

How’s the trolling . . . . . . . . . . getting many bites?
Here, I’ll give you one . . . . . . . .

Professional Law Enforcement will NEVER be ANY citizen’s “first Line of defense” against crime, violent or otherwise.

The Founding Fathers NEVER intended for Professional Law Enforcement to do ‘all the physical work’ of catching (arresting) criminals, violent or otherwise.

Since WWII, the U.S. population has mostly ‘evolved’ into a bunch of spoiled ‘candy-asses.’
And now our Civil Authorities are rating/grading ALL of us by the ‘lowest common denominator.’
None of us common citizens are esteemed ‘worthy/capable’ of properly exercising physical force in catching and arresting lawbreakers, OR EVEN SELF DEFENSE.

How this story has gone until now (I understand it’s not necessarily over) is all too rare an event in our contemporary U.S.

God bless Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.

listens2glenn on October 30, 2011 at 12:22 PM

If you go on the FaceBook sites supporting the sister and seeking justice for the brother, they might make to think twice about trying to get involved like that man did. There’s some pretty clear indications some family/friends are intending to confront the man.

hawkdriver on October 30, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Maybe we’re all just wishing we could go back to the old “wild west” days where everybody was “packing” and there was no crime.

jdp629 on October 29, 2011 at 8:39 PM

I think it would be pretty fun to wear cowboy hats again.

hawkdriver on October 30, 2011 at 12:27 PM

“The Good Samaritan acted stupidly,” -Obooba.

Akzed on October 30, 2011 at 12:41 PM

“The Good Samaritan acted stupidly,” -Obooba.

Akzed on October 30, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Should he have a “Beer Summit” with the family of the deceased, to patch things up?

listens2glenn on October 30, 2011 at 1:36 PM

- The “Good Samaritan” didn’t chase the bad guys, he stopped to help the injured person.

- Like it or not, purse snatchers don’t deserve to be shot dead. That’s the same sort of thinking that had an audience cheering the number of criminals put to death in Texas.

- When we no longer expect our police to handle criminals but instead choose to rely on gunplay by civilians we’ve entered an entirely new phase of our American experiment.

- A guy with a “concealed carry” permit used the gun to put three bullets in the head of a police officer while he lay on the ground defenseless not 1 mile from my home in a Northeastern suburban town. We’ve never had a policeman murdered here in more than 175 years before.

- Just pray that the next time the guy who shot this purse-snatcher doesn’t miss and hit some “collateral damage.”

jdp629 on October 29, 2011 at 8:25 PM

1: did not know this.

2: He didn’t shoot a purse snatcher… he shot someone who shoved a gun in his face and decided to shoot back. Very different crime. Also a warranted response.

Also… who said that the purse snatcher hasn’t killed anyone.

3: Welcome to Chicago or East Saint Louis. This is already happening there… and it’s terrible. There are entire regions of both cities where the cops already won’t go (despite the fact that taxpayers in said areas still pay taxes). There are also other major metro areas where some people sadly live in such areas. That being said… it’s only terrible because legal civilians can’t carry. We had something like this before… it was called the wild west. Not saying it’s perfect, but it’s preferable to have armed legal civilians with the right to defend themselves in absentia of any competent law enforcement then it is to have the completely unarmed and unprotected… at least in my view.

4: While such a crime is extremely regrettable, let us not forget that there are many cases of ILLEGAL gun use ending up in someone dead that the cops and the law failed to stop as well. Let me also remind us all that the ratio of crimes with illegal guns vs crimes with legal guns is quite staggering in favor of the former. Let me also remind us all that all crime is extremely regrettable.

5: All concealed carry holders know of this risk. AT least they intend to make sure their shots count… as opposed to criminals blindly firing at targets at a drive by. It’s also a well established fact that cops tend to be terrible shots under stress.

Would you rather that Minnesota had two muggings instead?

Chaz706 on October 30, 2011 at 4:48 PM

I think the public (that is, you and I) are sick and tired of life-long criminals being given the “victim of society” status. Many people are born and raised in hard circumstances, but most of them don’t choose to be criminals. In most cases, it IS a rationalized choice (“I had it hard, so I deserve to victimize other people” or, even more bogus, “I have an addiction and I can’t help myself”). No, you don’t, and yes, you can.

One thing to note is, in almost all cases of the death or injury of a perpetrator, their families will come forward to cry and claim that the perp was a “gentle guy” who never did anything wrong. Chances are, they’ll have a gaggle of kids spread out by different mothers, and so they were “good fathers to their children”. All this goes for women too. Bullmanure. Their families are dysfunctional and after litigated money, and they, themselves, were deadbeat opportunists. It does not justify what they do, because they still live in a lawful society that demonstrates and gives a choice. They just make the laziest, easiest, wrong one.

Evanovich got what he was asking for. Hopefully, so did his sleazy sister.

RebeccaH on October 30, 2011 at 7:18 PM

People should also note that you can see a police station from this parking lot. Yet apparently this was the third such robbery the gang had done in this lot in 2 -3 weeks. Even when the police station is in sight, when seconds count, police are minutes away.

MTinMN on October 31, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Maybe, but you’all seem to be high-fiving because a purse snatcher who tried to scare a civilian by brandishing a gun got shot and killed.

jdp629 on October 29, 2011 at 8:39 PM

I can’t believe I have to ask this question, but you made it necessary.

What if the woman who was pistol-whipped had instead pulled out a gun and shot the bastard? Would you think she was justified in doing so? Of course not, you think she should have prayed for survival and cowered in the fetal position, as you obviously would have (minus the praying, I imagine).

runawayyyy on October 31, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Would you rather that Minnesota had two muggings instead?

Though he won’t say so, the answer is yes.

Leftists love crime because it gives them an excuse to attack our rights, and especially the rights that most preserve our liberty.

They promote policies that empower and embolden criminals on the one hand, and policies that disenfranchise legitimate citizens on the other, who then have no where to turn but to the state.

A nation of castrated cowards is easier to control.

leereyno on October 31, 2011 at 1:45 PM