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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The sister of a man shot and killed by a Good Samaritan earlier this month has been charged with aggravated robbery.

Police also said they are not pressing any charges against the man who killed 23-year-old Darren Lamont Evanovich.

According to the criminal complaint, 20-year-old Octavia Shonte Marberry, who is Evanovich’s sister, was involved in a series of parking lot robberies around the Twin Cities leading up to the Oct. 20 shooting.

Police say she was identified as being among the group that robbed women in their 50s at the Lake Street Target on Oct. 12 and the 26th Avenue Cub Foods on Oct. 15.

In both cases, she had a knife, and the criminal complaint says told one of the victims she would cut her if she screamed.

The Oct. 20 incident began at the same Cub Foods as the Oct. 15 robbery. Police said a woman was held up and struck over the head with a handgun.

A man who saw the incident chased after the robbers and demanded they give back the woman’s purse. Police said Evanovich advanced on the man, who, fearing for his life, shot Evanovich.

Police said Marberry was by Evanovich’s body when they arrived. She was taken into custody.

The man told police he had a permit to carry a handgun and said where his gun could be found.

The criminal complaint says that surveillance shows Marberry making transactions with the credit cards stolen in previous robbery incidents.

She has been charged with two felony counts of first-degree aggravated robbery.

Police announced they do not intend to press charges against the man who shot and killed Evanovich, saying he acted in self-defense. They did not identify the man.

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 Fifty-eight of those permits have been revoked, and only one person has been convicted of using a conceal-and-carry gun in a homicide.

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