MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A man who was shot and killed after allegedly robbing and pistol whipping an elderly woman has been identified.
A “Good Samaritan” shot 23-year-old Darren Lamont Evanovich outside a grocery store in Minneapolis Thursday night, police said.
The shooting occurred just after 9:45 p.m. near the Cub Foods on the 2800 block of 26th Avenue South. Police said they received a call saying a robber stole an elderly woman’s purse and pistol whipped her in the head. Not long after, police said they got a second call saying the alleged robber had been shot and killed in the back of Super Grand Buffet, which is located on the same block.
When police arrived on the scene, they said the “Good Samaritan” approached them and said he witnessed the robbery, chased the robber and shot him after confronting him.
The man told police he had a permit to carry a handgun and said where his gun could be found. Police said they detained the man for questioning. He has since been release.
Officers will present their case to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office in the coming days to see if any criminal charges are warranted.
Since permits to carry handguns were allowed in Minnesota in 2005, there were four lawful and justifiable shootings by permit holders. According to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, there are 88,350 active permits to carry handguns in Minnesota. Fifty-eight of those permits have been revoked, and only one person has been convicted of using a conceal-and-carry gun in a homicide.
Marie Failinger, a law professor at Hamline University, said that the man had the right to defend himself if he felt his life was in danger and he couldn’t run away.
The elderly woman who was pistol whipped suffered a cut on her head, but police said they didn’t consider it a serious injury.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner says Lamont died due to multiple gunshot wounds.
If you have any information about this shooting/robbery, call police at 612-692-TIPS (8477).