MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The mother of a robbery suspect who was shot and killed says her son was the victim.

A witness saw 23-year-old Darren Evanovich committing a robbery in south Minneapolis Thursday night. He chased Evanovich down and, after a confrontation, shot and killed him.

Evanovich’s family said the man who killed Darren was no hero.

“I was so scared,” said Mary Evanovich, the robbery suspect’s mother. “All I wanted was my baby, but I didn’t want it to be true.”

Evanovich is searching for answers as to why her son had to die.

“How can a person play judge, jury and executioner and God, who gave the person the right to be God,” Evanovich said.

Police said they recovered a gun used in the robbery as well as the gun used to kill Evanovich, which the owner had a permit to carry.

Evanovich would not talk about the robbery or what role her son played in it.

“I can’t give no comments on that. I prefer not to actually talk about that part of it, but I know one thing: The man was not a good Samaritan, not when you take someone’s life,” she said.

The man who shot and killed Darren Evanovich was questioned, but never arrested.
Darren Evanovich’s sisters said a vigilante took their brother from them and they want justice.

“What started this situation to what ended it, it’s all wrong, like none of this should have took place,” Olivia Evanovich said .

The case has been turned over to the Hennepin County Attorney. He’ll decide whether to file charges against the man who shot Evanovich.

Reg Chapman

Comments (154)
  1. Chris says:

    I do feel bad for the family, but people are tired of criminals, period. You don’t want to see your child dead, then teach them not to commit a violent felony. And, to the family, no, your son was not the victim. The victim was the lady your son pistol whipped and robbed.


      i agree he almost killed another person for their money or etc. what comes around goes around.

    2. TomK says:

      Agreed, I feel badly for the family. But this is not the first story I have read about a friend or relative saying, “They didn’t deserve to die this way.” Sorry, but who taught them that it was ok to steal? Who taught them it was a cool thing to pistol whip a senior citizen? He died the way he lived……..violently.

    3. Matt says:

      I wish this would happen more often. Criminals get away with it too often and should be shot and killed more regularly, maybe they would think twice about making someone else the victim. How about getting a job criminals? I’d shoot you too if I interrupted something like this. Would relish the opportunity!

    4. hoover says:

      I totally agree – I feel bad her son is dead, but maybe he’d still be alive if she had raised him right to not rob and pistol whip AN OLD LADY (althought I tend to think that he would have probably just tried to rob someone else). Give me a break lady “my son is a victim” – no wonder he’s a thief and a hoodlum.

    5. Michael Anderson says:

      Why do you feel bad about a family of career criminals? If she didn’t want her son to die a violent death. She should have raised him with values and morals. Not robbing and beating older women.

    6. Shawn Davis says:

      The mom said: “I can’t give no comments on that. I prefer not to actually talk about that part of it…” That’s too bad. That’s part of the problem and a lesson lost. Pay attention, any siblings of his…
      I can understand that she is grieving. Maybe later on she’ll come to grips with what has truly happened. Maybe, just maybe she had no idea what kind of a man he was. At 23 years old, he’s not a “baby” anymore. He was an armed robber; a felon running loose with a shotgun and capable of doing God-knows-what, as soon as he decided to do it. Only a mother would have the blurred vision to call the shotgun totting robber a victim after a stand-off in which he likely refused to surrender. Give her time to come to her senses, I hope. James 4:14, We are like mist, here for but a little while then gone.
      You never know when God calls, so be ready.

  2. Walter says:

    If anyone should be held accountable for murder, it’s the Golden Valley cop who killed the middle-aged woman on 394.

    1. John Doe says:

      And that woman probably should not have raised a gun to a police officer, or maybe you think the police shouldn’t go home to their families at night? Or are you one of those people who believe police have some special power of reading people’s minds and they should have known that the woman pointing a gun at them really didn’t want to kill them.

    2. james says:

      Walter, probably not a good idea to raise up a gun when a cop tries to stop you. Murder? Gimme a break.

    3. Mplsdude says:

      Although I feel sorry that she had to lose her life, if you followed that story more closely, that lady was suicidal, it was suicide by cop. She did seek therapy and even had herself admitted, but they let her out, maybe next time they will evaluate someone more closely.

    4. Torrath says:

      Hey Wally. If you think the GV cop was a murderer i want you to try this experiment. Speed through town, drive dangerously and with no regard to public safety, then pull over and rapidly jump out of your vehicle and raise an item resembling a weapon towards your head and see what happens. I bet the cop does not shoot because he is likely not a murderer. Now, point the weapon at an innocent person or the officer and see what happens. Likely you will feel the effects of someone deploying self defense tactics.
      On second thought, don’t do this. Shooting someone is stressful and the officer already has enough stress in his/her life. Just pull your bottom lip up over your head and swallow.

    5. Jenny Peterson says:

      Cops are not psychotherapists and they don’t have ESP. It amazes me that anyone would want to continue in police work with what they have to tolerate. They never have exact, textbook situations and have to respond ASAP to try to protect the public. Then, they have to put up with being second-guessed afterwards. The woman shot by the GV cop drew his attention by her wacky behavior and then pulled over and showed that she was armed. At that point it doesn’t make any difference whether she is mentally ill, high, running after committing a crime. A show of arms draws an armed response. That’s the reality.

  3. stupid says:

    maybe if you would raise your kids right from the start he wouldn’t be dead.

    Your mad because he dead committing a crime???

  4. Michele says:

    I’m sorry for the mom’s pain. I really am. But he was no victim.

    Still, it would have been better if the police had dealt with this, not some random person carrying a gun.

    It’s just very sad.

    1. Taylor J says:

      I feel for the mom pain as well.

      But having the police deal with it, well the police can’t be every.
      When you say “random person” carrying a gun, are you talking about the hero, or the zero? I’m sure the hero was no random guy. He was licensed to carry a gun unlike our zero here, who had no business to carry a gun. The law only makes us law biding citizens life more complicated, compared to criminals. Do criminal get a full background check each time they purhcased a gun from someone on the streets? Do they abid by signs posted at the enterance of each establaishment “banned gun in this establisments” or they just walk in to a bank (for example) and still robs the place? I don’t think i’ve ever seen a person who planned on robbing a bank/store, and sees the signs , walks back into their car and puts the gun back underneath their seat, then walks into the store empty handed and tries to rob it.

    2. bob says:

      If the police deal with it, what actually happens is Perp gets away with crime, perp spends old lady’s money, perp sells old lady’s identity, perp robs three or four more people that night, perp actually kills one or two of those, police never make arrest because they don’t actually investigate “petty” crimes.

      How it happened; Perp smacks old lady with gun. Good guy shows up and tries to ID perp for cops, perp pulls gun, Good Guy ilves in a free state, and has been granted State permission to exercise his Constitutionally enumerated, Creator given right to self defense ends perp’s miserable life.

      Mother may not realize it yet, but her life has also been made easier. She no longer has to go throught life wondering who her son will kill, if she’ll have to bail him out, wondering if he’ll steal from her again, or dealing with the drama his presense on this earth causes to those around him. She should thank the Good Guy. He did her a favor.

      And if we’re all lucky, this miscreant hasn’t reproduced, and there’s no spawn of his floating around to continue the obvious family tradition.

    3. f u says:

      The difference between a police officer and a random person carrying a gun is about a week and a half of training and 50k+ a year salary. Oh, and the increasingly severe narcissism and god complex that comes with being a cop.

    4. Earnan says:

      Mom’s a criminal too. A knowing participant in Darren’s crimes.

      She should be mourning him from prison.

  5. Jeff says:

    Chris I totally agree with you. If her son wouldn’t have pistol whipped the lady he would still be alive. Please accept that your sons actions got him killed he is responsible for his own death. I am sorry for your loss but enough is enough.

  6. george says:

    I don’t feel sorry for criminals killed commiting crimes, good riddance.

  7. No Pity Here says:

    I like how she “Don’t want to talk about that” about the poor woman her son was savagely beating. Too bad the lady victim didn’t put a .357 right through her poor baby’s skull. Sorry no pity here.

  8. sadnews says:

    You can use a gun to defend yourself or someone else but you can NOT chase someone down after the threat is gone and murder them in retaliation.

    I’m not saying that is what happened, we need more facts before we can judge.

    1. u r an idiot says:

      so if u see a crime you shouldnt help catch the criminal????? or if that criminal fires a bullet at you, and you happen to have gun as well, you wouldnt fire back. Thugs arent good shots…..some one that owns a gun (legally) usually practices at it. This gentleman obviously knows how to use his. Anyone who pistol whips someone, is ALWAYS a threat!!!

    2. MJ says:

      sadnews, your response is sad. So, continue to let the assailant run down the street with a weapon and commit MORE crime? Absolutely not, the buck stops here, if you have the means to put him down, you do so, so that he doesn’t commit further crime/death.

    3. Randall says:

      you apparently missed the fact that the criminal had a gun and the man fired at him in self defense. you don’t have to wait for them to put a bullet in you to fire your weapon if you feel threatened.

    4. Chow says:

      sadnews you have obviously read or been lectured on the MN carry laws. Permit holders do not have extra rights to enforce the law and become vigilantes. At least that is what I was taught when I took my permit to carry course. The situation where the permit holder shot in self defense would never have happened if he had not chased the criminal, which you are taught to never do.

      Don’t get me wrong, I think that justice was served in this situation and absolutely do not agree that this gentleman was in anyway a “victim” but we don’t need situations like this to be used in the future by activists/lawmakers as reasons to take away our right to carry by making us all out to be trigger happy vigilante lawman.

      1. Earnan says:

        You speak like a cringing coward.

        Whatever happened to the civic DUTY to be a good citizen and DEFEND your fellow citizens?

        You would rather cower in fear and expect someone else to do the work.

        You don’t need a carry permit or a gun. Nor do you need a vote. You’re a coward who shirks their responsibilities.

  9. pat says:

    the man should not have been committing a robbery in the first place the man who shot him had every right to chase after him to inform the police on his whereabouts, the facts in the matter are probably as follows when the man who was killed realized that he was bein chased he probably turned and pointed the gun at the man chasing him and the man chasing him felt threatened with deadly harm drew his weapon and fired i would have done the same thing. to be quite honest the man family is crying foul but they should be thankful that the person that he robbed was not killed how would they have felt about that. the family although i feel for their loss are just lashing out at a situation that their family member created. shame on them for thinking that the was the victim the real victim is the people that he robbed how many other people has he robbed in the past what a loser

  10. Nice job mom says:

    Funny mom did not give the standard speech. “He was just turning his life around” He was a good father to his 6 children” etc.

    1. Matt says:

      i loved how the one girl said “He is a good person” Sorry girl good people don’t go around robbing people with guns.

      1. My Kids are good Kids says:

        oh come on . he was “good” – by their standards. he never killed or wanted to kill anyone, he just would rob and beat people, well, old ladies anyway. real brave dude he was huh. if the man wasn’t always keeping him down, he could have a good job, but he can’t get a job so he has to rob old ladies.

  11. Eric says:

    I wasn’t there but the robber had a gun and the guy who got involved put his life on the line to do something about a violent crime committed and the person just running away. That person is responsible for what happened, nobody else. Well, maybe the parents. They still don’t get it. Sorry for my frankness.

  12. Pavel says:

    One can have sympathy for the family, but the guy was a criminal and criminals need to learn the consequences of their actions Keep your nose clean and you won’t have problems.. Just like so many others where they look for excuses and try to place the blame on others or social ills. There are no excuses for armed robbery and criminal activity.

  13. DeepDiveGuy says:

    You are a rock star Michael Anderson!

  14. ron says:

    We need more people like Michael Anderson fighting back. He got what he deserved …

  15. Melissa says:

    What a shocked looked it up also and this was not his first offense! If the information is correct he was still on probation for a felony robbery in 09 also! Yet, he is the victim? Give me a break. He just happened to not be so lucky the second time around. He is the one that started it all! Heck, I think we should loosen the permit to carry rules a bit! if someone is causing harm like that they should have the right to take the person out! Might start making the criminals think twice about there actions. I understand parents can only do so much raising their kids. The rest is up to the child. However, in this case she is brushing his crime under the rug! Not good parenting skills. I have sympathy that she lost her son. However, he is not the victim in this case! His actions started it all!

  16. Pat says:

    Never mind that your kid just pistol whipped an elderly person for their money. Never mind that your kid just aimed a weapon at somebody else which gave the person who shot him every RIGHT to defend himself.

  17. j speedbag 64 says:

    ”thug life’eh,sorry not today, you probably got away with this kinda stuff dozens of times, looks to me in a level playing field you were way over matched………

  18. Mike says:

    This case will be heading to a grand jury. An armed citizen can not be permitted to chase down an assailant and grant the death penalty. The shooters responsibility in this case went beyond the scope of a permit to carry a gun. The law clearly states his rights and he should have called the police. He was not defending himself when he chased, shot and killed the assailant. He was acting as a sworn officer, which he was not and he broke the law going beyond his legal rights.

    1. Matt says:

      even if charges are file i do not see a jury finding him guilty.

    2. kid was breaking the Law says:

      you must be a defence lawyer…….the kid did not have the right to do what he did, the police are busy and need help when we can give it. If more people carried and took action against crime it would slow a little. Put it on a level playing field. You have gun, I have gun, you act nice, I act nice, you don’t act nice, I don’t act nice, if you get shot while comitting a crime, well you do, end of story

      1. Torrath says:

        Nah, he’s not a defense lawyer. He’s more likely a fat lazy liberal suckling from the Govt teat while at home studying for his “law degree” by watching Law and Order SVU marathons and possibly a few CSI’s to round it out. He likely is an anti-gunner and if he has a gun it’s likely only a hunting rifle passed down to him by his granpappy.
        Mike, you can’t pick and choose what parts of the Bill of Rights and other law publications you want to be in effect. It all applies. And in there is the right to effect a citizens arrest. This guy was in his rights to chase him down but the criminal was not acting withing his rights when he a) was a felon in possession of a firearm, and b) turned to threaten the pursuer. The pursuer did not fire rounds into the thugs back to stop him, he responded when the thug turned around and became the aggressor. I feel sorry for the shooter because of the mental torment ending someones life can cause and for the loss of the price of the bullet. He should sue the thugs mom to recover that loss. And don’t forget the robbery victim. Pray for her safe and speedy recovery.

    3. Jimmy says:

      I would like to sit on that Jury.

    4. Michael Anderson says:

      What Hallucinogenic drugs are you using? It’s called making a citizens arrest. This cowardly thug finally got what was coming to him. I think the law about carrying a firearm needs to be relaxed. The cops keep getting less money, fewer cops etc. And yet there are more criminals committing crimes. Way to go Politicians. Disband the Gang Task Force because they were using the proceeds from the busts to track down more criminals. Politicians didn’t get a cut of the money. I’m tired of listening to brain dead people complain about guns. The gun is an IN-ANIMATE object. Let’s take away the vehicle keys from people who drink and drive and kill. How is it ok for someone to kill someone using a vehicle? And most times only get a traffic citation for improper lane usage? People need to start using the contents of the skull for thinking. Lets make the jails and prisons less like a resort. No radio, no TV, no books, no athletic activities, no college education. Put them in a 6X6X6 cell and let them stay there. No fear of rioting if they never get out. No fear of them overpowering the guards because they only have time to spend working out. It’s time to make the criminals pay. No more excuses about being beaten or not talked nicely to.

    5. Randall says:

      mike you seem to forget the fact that the criminal had a gun. if he raised it threateningly the man had a right to shoot him. any citizen has a right to pursue a criminal they witness committing a crime as long as they commit no crimes themselves, and if their life comes under threat then they have the right to defend themselves.

    6. Dudley says:

      mikey, mikey, mikey……everything’s black and white until its yours being assaulted and robbed.

      Plus….how do you know if the “armed citizen” was just in persuit not even knowing the assilant was armed, then ONLY drew and fired his weapon when he reacted when Evanovich became a deadly threat?

    7. Earnan says:

      Mike, you are a disgusting example of what is wrong with this country.

      I know if’s wrong to hope you will be victimized by someone like Darren Evanovich some day. But I think I can live myself for it.

  19. 70 year old lady says:

    If I saw a person get pistol whipped and robbed and I had a gun I would track down the robber and shot to kill. Why is it okay for your son to harm an old lady or anyone for that matter. He got what he deserved.

  20. Corky says:

    Thank you sir for getting this vermin off our streets.

  21. Sam I am says:

    Seems that people forget that Mr. Evanovich was armed. He pistol whipped someone then pointed it at someone during a confrontation.

    Lady your son was a gang banging thug. Had you raised him with respect and morals he might be alive today. You are partially at fault and I feel no sympathy at all.

  22. ron says:

    Should be greatful in my society we would hold the whole family responsible, your statement boils it down to what I consider societies bigggest pitfall. Lack of responsibility. The guy in Illinois that came out and said hey I slapped devin hester in the back of the head and I was wrong, I was shocked he owned up. You need to own up, your son died a thug.

  23. Victim?? says:

    very well said Michael. If mom had been “mother of the year” maybe the child would have been working and not robbing…..mother maybe needs to get to work too and show her children how it is done. Victim?? we need to look at that word real hard here, the woman was a victim, the boy was a criminal

  24. snowman says:

    What a bunch of Minnesota hillbilly gun nuts!

    1. redneck purist says:

      Hillbilly or not, I want to go to the range with that dude and get some pointers from him. Multiple hits in a panic situation is not luck. It’s skill. Most people would be lucky to get one hit. I wonder if he’d autograph my .357 mag. Maybe he’d do a speaking engagement at my church. He’s a hillbilly hero!

    2. Torrath says:

      Would you be happier if we threw spears? Isn’t that a tad racist? Snowjob, you are about as enlightened as an abandoned coal mine. Go away.

    3. Michael Anderson says:

      Spoken like a true gang banger. Don’t want people with guns because you are afraid they will defend themselves.

    4. Jenny Peterson says:

      My family came into Minnesota as pioneers just after Minnesota became a state. Everybody carried guns. The women included. They used them to hunt for food and for protection. The fact that everyone was armed went a long way toward keeping everyone honest. Periodically, because of the isolation, someone would come into the area, thinking that they could rob others and create fear. That’s when they would be welcomed to Minnesota with some prairie justice. Welcome to Minnesota Darren Evanovich.

      We could not care less, Mr Snowman, what you call us—We just don’t want to be called unprepared.

  25. Callina says:

    So often we’re warned NOT to have or use a weapon, because it could be used against you by the criminal, or because the situation could become more violent because of it.

    Well, it seems to work the other way, too. If a criminal uses a weapon, he might encounter more violence than he expected! And he won’t get much sympathy.

  26. turdybutt stinkass says:

    It puts the lotion on it’s skin or else it gets the hose again!

  27. DeeDee says:

    Hmmm. I agree that this man should not have been out robbing people in the first place… and the so calle good samaritan should have spent his time calling for help instead of chasing this man down and shooting him like a dog. No matter what he did he was still someone’s child and brother and he was loved. And for those who are judging his mom, how do you know that she didn’t try to raise him? Parenting doesn’t come with instructions and as a single mom I know first hand that all you can do is give your children good values and try your best but in the end your kids will form their own ideas which in some cases don’t jive with your own. Even if that woman kept her kids in church every sunday if they want to do their own thing they will. Some of you need to stop judging and start practicing goodness and compassionl.

    1. Jimmy says:

      He was a dog and got some of his own medicine.

    2. KW says:

      DeeDee, as I commented above, the armed citizen was incredibly brave to pursue AN ARMED CRIMINAL. So, the citizen should have just let the ARMED CRIMINAL run off and rob AT GUNPOINT somebody else?

    3. @ DeeDee says:

      Calling for help?? He was the help!!! We need more of him around.

    4. hunnybear18 says:

      By the time the cops got there he would have gotten away. Perhaps if she didn’t want her son to die commiting a crime she should have taught him that he needed to work for a living and that his fair share was not in somebody else’s wallet. She should have also taught him that his problems were not everybody else’s fault Even in death she makes excuses and blames someone else. He has been convicted of the same twice before. Why isn’t she asking why her felon son had a gun in the first place? Or is it more likely she believes those convictions were somebody else’s fault as well?

    5. Saddened by Society says:

      All valid points DeeDee. However no one would have judged her OR her parenting skills if she would not have called her son a VITCTIM while disregarding the real victim. As a new mom, I have compassion for her loss, as a christian I am not judging her parenting, but as a law abiding citizen I am extremely concerned over this response. If this was her response one can only assume that she instilled the same type of backward thinking in her son, he filled in the rest with his violent ways, borrowing from your words – with his own ideas which may not have jived with hers.

    6. Torrath says:

      OMG! You are one of those liberal enablers that are fueling this exact kind of problem. Try being part of the solution and not the problem instead.

    7. Shawn Davis says:

      DeeDee, what does being a single mom have to do with this? You could be a double mom for all it matters. When people have just seconds to live, the cops are just minutes away. Instead of standing around going “someone should do something”, he DID something! And, he did it AFTER a confrontation, probably ordering the guy to lay down his weapon. But, clearly it wasn’t going to go down like that because the robber didn’t want to go (back?) to jail.

    8. Earnan says:

      Mom is an accessory to Darren’s crimes. She was spending the money Darren and her other criminal spawn stole.

      Mom belongs in a prison cell.

  28. Art Morris says:

    Please note that both the Thugs Mother and sisters are CRIMINALS and have recent arrests for everything from Assault to Receiving Stolen Property.

      1. Rom says:

        Probably MN Court records access. It’s public and available to anyone. Google?

    1. blah blah blah says:

      Here is one citation:
      2009000534 EVANOVICH, MARY LEE 3/31/1971 2315 FILLMORE ST NE, MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55418 1/6/2009 15:03 (Previous Convictions: Drugs-5th Deg-Poss Sch 1,2,3,4-Not Small Amt Marij)
      Property Owner Name: Mark Matasovsky/Mary Junge 2200 Johnson St N E Minneapolis Mn 55418

      1. fred says:


    2. blah blah blah says:

      And the sister:

      Evanovich, Olivia Reene

      Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Southdale

      Crim/Traf Mandatory
      Under Court Jurisdiction

      Receiving/Possessing Stolen Property

  29. Brent says:

    I’m sure the permit holder was in danger. Not everyone would chase down a robber but for some, it just doesn’t sit right. It wouldn’t sit right with me and I too would of chased the criminal. Evanovich is not a vitctim, he was not a good kid and he received a consequence only he himself provoked…

  30. Nancy Aleshire says:

    Your son was no angel, lady. He had just robbed and assaulted a woman. I’m not saying he should have been shot to kill–being shot in leg or foot would have incapacitated him. The man’s actions were justifiable, though. Parents don’t want to admit their kids are gang-members, addicts, or criminals.

    1. jackactionhero says:

      I’m pretty sure being shot in the foot would have resulted in the criminal firing every round of his own weapon at any and every person he saw.

    2. Michael Anderson says:

      Only shoot to kill, if you wound them they will take you to court. Then you are on trial for stopping a violent felon and career criminal. Military rules…minimal two rounds center mass. If it had a gun and is twitching, keep shooting it. It’s trying to get to the gun and use it again. The defense lawyer will School the criminal on how to look meek and confused. Career criminals only understand violence. Death is the answer. Him and his whole family are career criminals. Just look up the public records. And if he had been shot in the foot. He could have still been able to shoot. Then some person in their house, totally unaware of the situation gets shot. Gun control is hitting the target you are aiming for.

  31. Rom says:

    She wants to think that she “hit the lottery”. Watch they’ll file a civil suit against the Good Samaritan. Geez….the kid threatened and then pistol whipped a women.

  32. Cher says:

    The ‘robber’ was a thief. He pistol whipped an elderly person. He got what was coming to him.
    The mother of this ‘robber’ is in denial.

  33. Steve says:

    “Evanovich would not talk about the robbery or what role her son played in it.

    ‘I can’t give no comments on that. I prefer not to actually talk about that part of it,”

    That says it all, doesn’t it?

  34. AnotherMom says:

    MOM you FAILED in your responsibilities as a parent to teach your kid/children right from wrong, morals, and respect for others. YOUR son is dead because YOU, not anyone else didnt do their job! Mad dogs get what they desserve. Your son decided to pick on the wrong person. The victim of the pistol whipping didnt desserve what she got, and thankfully, a hero stepped in to protect her. Anyone can have a baby, but its a huge responsiibilty to raise them properly to become good responsible citizens. YOU FAILED horribly!!

  35. WhatBS says:

    Both mom and son ar turds – check it out

  36. TL the alligator says:


  37. TL the alligator says:

    I suspect that the POS mom and sisters are really just looking, HOPING, there is a way that they can get some money out of this. The entire family are degenerate garbage.

  38. HowCanAThugBeAVictim says:

    I would hope that some vigilante with a permit to carry would come to my rescue if I was being attacked by a thug who was carrying a gun WITHOUT a permit!!! YEAH for the hero in this event. Anyone who thinks the thug was the victim must teach or have taught their children that it is okay to break the law (carrying without a permit, assaulting innocent victims, stealing what is not rightly theirs, and on and on). God bless this man who probably saved this lady’s life.

  39. Dear Mom, says:

    Probably the reason the kid never took responsibility for his life, is because YOU, HIS MOTHER never allowed him to!

    YOU are STILL defending him after his death, trying to blame others for YOUR son’s actions. And of course you don’t want to talk about the pistol whipping and robbery of the other innocent VICTIM…because to do so would be ACCOUNTABILITY for HIS actions!

    Parents need to begin to STEP UP AND TURN THEIR KIDS IN WHEN THEY ARE HAVING DRUG ISSUES & TROUBLE WITH THE LAW. How do I know this you might ask? Because I’ve been there with kids making poor choices, although not to this extent. My sons are wonderful law abiding citizens now…probably because I interveened sooner…that’s called good parenting! Tough LOVE is…doing the morally correct thing no matter who is or isn’t looking.

  40. sam says:

    To The Staff of WCCO

    What was the purpose of your report on the mother of the shot robber? Her opinion is obviously very biased. What mother in going to go on camera and say my son was a low down dirty armed robber? He was shot while committing armed robbery of an elderly woman, did you interview the elderly woman to see just how scared she was? Did you ask her what she thought was going to happen to her prior to the Good Samaritan intervening? If it was your mother, would you prefer the armed citizen did nothing but call 911. What if he tried to kidnap her or kill her, just wait for the police? It would appear based on your reporting that you are against the conceal an carry law, and you’re trying move the public opinion in that direction. I prefer a news origination that reports the news, and does not try to influence public opinion based on their opinion. It’s with regret but after watching WCCO news for the 20 years I’ve lived in Minnesota I must stop watching WCCO news.
    Another Armed Citizen
    PS: I hope and pray that I’m never put in the position where I need to pull my gun!

    1. WCCO just lost all credibility says:

      it’s all about gun control – WCCO is Don Shelby empire and he is a major lefty gun control guy. so tell 1/2 the story based on lies of the Mom and don’t report her record, the sons record or the whole story of how he pistol whipped and robbed an old lady. brave guys stops it, then chases him down to get the purse back, thug pulls gun, brave guy has gun too! and knows how to aim and use it, kills thug.

      WCCO should be ashamed for giving this “mother” a soapbox. horrible job reporting. pull their license to broadcast. I hope the other TV channels jump on this to report about WCCO’s poor job of investigating and reporting.

      Perhaps instead of their annoying chicago voiced guy DeRusha doing “Good Question” they should have a Minnesota guy doing “The rest of the story” and start with this story.

      1. Ted says:

        I don’t know, WCCO gave the “baby momma” air time and listening to her removed all doubt I had about the kind of person her son was.

        If the “baby momma” should be sued for the cost of the ammo and for the soap it took to clean up the pavement.

        By the way, where’s the “good boy’s” father? (never mind)

        1. Earnan says:

          “Good boy’s father” is an absentee (dead-beat) dad down in Florida.

          He got involved in Darren’s life just enough to make some threats on the “Justice for Darren” Facebook page about killing the righteous shooter.

    2. Linkeland says:

      Seriously? Don’t blame WCCO for reporting the story. I actually enjoyed hearing her stupid pleas. Without hearing the other side of the story, we will never know the stupidity that is wandering around in society. As far as journalism goes, news organizations should never focus on only one side of the story. If they reported the story as “Bad Guy Gets What He Deserves”, that would be slanted reporting. If you are only looking for the one sided views and slanted journalism, I suggest you switch to FOX.

    3. Michael Anderson says:

      Amazing how WCCO used the Statement…Live at the Scene. This incident happened Thursday 20 October 2011 9:45 PM. The Sun sets at 6:30PM. Yet the coverage WCCO was providing was daylight Sunshine. Things that make you go…hhhmmm The first time I saw this was the evening news on 24 October 2011. I’m not good at Math, but thats four days after the incident. How much did they pay this family for the interviews? When is the next segment coming from WCCO to report that the true victim, the woman who was robbed and beaten, is alive and well???????? When is WCCO going to report on the carreer criminal activities of Darren, his mother, and sisters??? Let’s get the truth here. They all have criminal arrests/ records. When is WCCO going to award this Good Samaritan time on the news. And also give the Good Samaritan an award. That whole family should be sent to Guantanamo Bay and left to rot. They are not productive members of Society. Why do people believe in rehabilitation? This family proves it doesn’t work. They all had the same opportunity to go to school, get an education, get a job. I served in the US Army as a Military Police. Could any person in that family pass the ASVAB test? Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. Could they even pass a test for English, Math etc at the 10th grade level? I would truly hate to hear that they good food stamps and housing. I’m been unemployed since September 2009. I get nothing from this government. And yet I don’t resort to beating old women and stealing.

  41. normal man says:

    I say steralize all the females in that brood, so they cannot bring any more thugs into our society. I tired of sending my hard earned tax $$$ to fund families such as this one. Your son was a thug, and you are too. The bananna doesn’t fall that far from the tree.

    1. Michael Anderson says:

      Cheaper to put a bullet in the back of the skull then to sterilize them. Let them have a test of the medicine that they dish out. Stealing, Felony Assault etc

  42. Kevin says:

    No really he was a “good person”? He was a POS who got what he deserved. And his family is trash. “Good Men” do not pistol whip old ladys! This family and SO MANY MORE need to get a clue! My god I see a law suit in the air! Welcome to the new MN……

  43. ToothOfTruth says:

    I don’t celebrate the death of anyone. Mary Evanovich is an example of bad parenting. Mary had failed to teach her son the value of human life. Darren Evanovich pistol whipped a woman and stole her purse for probably $5 and her medi-care card. Well Mary, people can’t go around abusing others and then cry victim. It don’t work that way.

  44. mama says:

    Robbing and pistol whipping an elderly lady but yet he’s the victim? PLEASE! I feel bad for the mothers pain and loss but her son was commiting a criminal act and if I had been there I would have shot him too given the situation. The man is a hero for being able to rationally act on a moments notice. Maybe if more of these situations occurred criminals would rethink of whether commiting a criminal act is worth the risk. We keep cutting down on police force and everyday citizens have to step up. Atleast we won’t be using our taxes on his time in prison

    1. Matt says:

      The citizen saves all of us money by taking it in his own hands. Thank You brave citizen!

      1. Justice says:

        right on we need more!

        We need “Dexter” squads to take care of gangs, thug and career criminals. the justice system doesn’t work.

  45. Mr. Kearcy says:

    If citizens can’t walk the streets of their city at ANY time without feeling fear then something is wrong. An armed society is a polite society. This fleeing felon in possesion of a firearm met his appropriate end.

  46. Murph says:

    If they would use the same logic on the thieves of Wall Street and political extortion liars and cheats in government it would be ideal! Yet justice is blind when it comes to the have’s taking from the have not’s! Unfortunately the stall tactics of politicians are now adding to the related body counts all across this country and others! “Listen children to a story that was written long ago”! Urban areas are going to war zones for some time to come! When the main goal of elected officials is to shift blame while piling on more burdens,that’s what happens!

    1. hunnybear18 says:

      Try harder, you may be able to come up with something even more off topic from this story. There are plenty of stories and sites for you collective unwashed to spew your drivel. Don’t you have a riot to be inciting somewhere?

    2. Get your facts straight says:

      Murph, the bad economy is not wall street or the banks fault. it’s the fed govt. barney frank, and every administration – Bush & Clinton. they all tried to get people who can’t afford homes into homes. they forced the banks to make bad loans. Fannie mae, freddie mac and the whole fed govt was the problem. this all started with the housing bubble & collapse.
      The Flea Baggers (aka Occupy) should be protesting at Washington DC, not banks that didn’t want anything to do with bail outs, etc.

  47. Jack M says:

    The only sympathy I have is for that poor woman who was taking a beating from this punk! KUDOS to the shooter HERO

  48. Jack M says:

    We need more people like this Good Samaritan who helped this poor woman who was taking a beating. All Citizens should be allowed to carry a gun legally.
    When these pukes start dropping like flies, the crimes will disappear!!!!!

    1. Michael Anderson says:

      If the government wanted to do something they could. They don’t want to because the Politicians are getting to much kickback/bribes.

  49. red says:

    The man chasing this loser probably shot him cause, the loser would have shot him otherwise. Correct? I don’t blame him one bit! He got another loser off the street and this woman and think about how she raised her son- “how to be a loser” probably looking for $ to buy drugs

    1. Michael Anderson says:

      I say the Autopsy report should be public knowledge. Let’s see if he had drugs in his system. The Hair can be tested to show if he had been using drugs for a long time. There is a picture of this coward at the drivers door of what appears to be a minivan, or truck, or SUV. Did this coward have a job? Or just out assaulting old women and robbing them?

  50. Felice says:

    Maybe if she had been a better mother her son wouldn’t be out robbing people with a gun

  51. just sayin says:

    What EVER lady.
    Your son was trash. And we’re happy he’s gone. Another criminal wiped off.

  52. Sam says:

    Those of you who want to live in a state where it’s okay for little things like due process to be ignored, where anybody can play judge, jury, and executioner for anything they see as a crime, please move to Texas.

    You think this is great now.
    What happens when someone makes a mistake? Sees something they thought was a crime, chases the guy down, and shoots him? Should we then chase the shooter down and shoot him, too? After all, he committed murder.

    This is the reason we have the legal system we have, folks.

    1. hunnybear18 says:

      That legal system set him free to hurt this lady. What if he had killed her hitting her in the head? Would you give her the same sob story? Or do you reserve your sympathy only to downtrodden criminals?

  53. SteveR says:

    I have to take issue with what WCCO published on their news program. It seems they just want ratings. They do nothing to report the facts. They just want to show one side of the story. According to the statement the police made in a long article from another site. The GS came out and saw the woman being robbed and then pistol whipped, The GS yelled and ran toward the armed robber, and the robber fled. The GS followed the robber to get a better look at him so I could identify him to police and tell the police where the robber went. The GS might have been able to get a lic. plate car description etc. The Robber went around a building turned and pointed the gun at the GS. It was only then that the GS drew and shot in self defense. Gee if WCCO would have added these facts to the story would they even bother showing the woman’s rant?

    Is WCCO so anti gun that they don’t want to talk about facts?

    Also the whole video seems like a setup. The mother is yelling over a yellow police tape and there is nothing behind it…is this a set up shot?

    What should be reported is someone stood up, stopped an assault and did what was right. We need more of that!

    1. In Defence of WCCO... says:

      Maybe you missed the link at the beginning of the story where they reported on this on Friday. Here it is again so you don’t have to scroll up. http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2011/10/21/police-%E2%80%98good-samaritan%E2%80%99-shoots-kills-alleged-robber/

      They just made a follow up story to report both sides. That is why I watch WCCO.

  54. zee the reporter says:

    you don’t go around shooting at someone it’s not the old west this man needs to be put away!

  55. Chuck Norris says:

    If there were more educated and responsible licensed gun carriers on the streets, they’d put these criminal’s or people who are in dyer need to commit a crime during these tough times to seriously reconsider. Do you think a robber is more likely to attempt robbing a store that bans guns?

  56. SteveR says:

    Dear zee the reporter,

    Your correct and when the robber pointed deadly force at the GS the Robber was put away.

  57. The Man says:

    To give any sympathy to the robber is ludicrous, absurd and stupid. To rationalize his behavior is dangerous. An armed robber is not a victim. This felon got what he deserved. He made a bad choice and he paid for it with his life. Too bad, not so sad! Kudos to the man that took him out. I wish we had more like him.

  58. The man says:

    What about the poor old lady who got robbed and pistol whipped by this thug? The media forget about her? She is the victim. Not this dead mutt or his mother. If she would have raised her idiot kid better, maybe he wouldn’t be dead now. She is an example of what is wrong with America!!

  59. Hubris Abridged says:

    Mr. Evanovitch determined by his actions that life was worth less than the amount of money the elderly lady was carrying. He was unfortunate that Nemesis was there to take him up on his calculation, but Fate has a way of dealing out just deserts.

    Note: I make no judgement on the legality of this matter, but from the facts given I have trouble doubting Justice was done. And yes, if I were on a jury and given these facts I would refuse to convict no matter the judge’s instructions.

  60. Catilac says:

    Darren Evanovich would be alive and well today if he did not choose to be a thug, to pistol whip and rob the women of her belongings. He started it, and a good samaritan ended. This time he got caught.

  61. Felice says:

    If this happened in New Mexico with all the crime there- there would be lawyers lining up to defend the guy who shot him FOR FREE, if there were any charges against him.

  62. SteveR says:

    I just wonder how much the GS will have to spend on Lawyers?

    Being that this happened last Thursday night? Still seems odd it took till Sunday to get the Mother on the news. I’m Betting a lawyer smelled Money…and contacted her and the news.

  63. Mark says:

    It’s always sad when someone is killed. The mother is in shock and denial. Criminals need to consider when committing a violent felony that there are police officers as well as permit holding gun owners ready to enforce the right to protect the life of one in danger..

    1. Earnan says:

      Nothing sad about the righteous killing of a violent criminal.

      As the old Irish proverb says, “Three deaths that are good: the death of a plump salmon, the death of a savory pig, the death of a robber.”

  64. Hazel Dean says:

    I just have to say that it is good that there is people out there that when seeing a crime will stop it. There has been many a victim who have been killed because people stood around and watched it happen. Thank you whoever you are for caring enough for your fellow man and women to step up to the plate and protect the elderly.

  65. oh boo hoo hoo says:

    We need more armed citizens who are willing to “do the right thing” when they see a major crime being committed. Maybe people like your son will think twice before committing a crime – gee, duh, do ya think that person might blow my head off if I try to rob him? You think your kid’s a victim? Yeah, victim my dupa. Your kid’s a common criminal who was more than willing to pistol whip an old lady for a few dollars – under cover of darkness too I might add. What a coward.

    No sympathy from here, toots. Ya’ll behave yo’self, ya hear?

  66. snowman says:

    Good! one dirt bag down 100’s more to go,its a start.

  67. good job mom says:

    Mom’s from Gary Ind. I’m sure it’s not for the welfare.

  68. Mr D says:

    The family in the video are clueless. They act like the kid did nothing wrong. What a bunch of idiots. We better get used to it because this is the future.

    1. Me says:

      I think they are in shock, not idiots. Who would ever want to believe that their child could rob someone with a gun? I’m sure they believe that he did it, but it’s so fresh in their mind right now. They are in shock and in their won little world. They haven’t healed yet

      1. SteveR says:

        There are so many posts here it is hard to read them all. If you do you find out the mother and so of the other kids have criminal records as did the robber in this story. I think they do believe he can and did do this and want to try and paint the media with smoke and mirrors to get a civil case going.

  69. bubba136 says:

    The only thing He is a victim of,is His own stupidity !!!! He got what He deserved, stop whining and teach the rest of your kids respect for others and you wont have to ever go though this again. Harsh ??? yup, but its the truth.

  70. Jack Mehoff says:

    The best part of the “victim” ran down momma’s leg. nuff said

  71. Shaniqa says:

    Looks like Darren’s sista had his back during the robbery and is now under arrest. Must be a close knit family


  72. Jenny Peterson says:

    The old Flower Child, Boomer era- philosophy that the individual is more important than society as a whole is built into every aspect of life, now. See how well this has turned out. This sociopathic mother thinks that her son is a “victim” because that has been part of the social rhetoric coming out of universities for the past 40 or 50 years. It is “society’s fault” that he is (was) that way, this philosophy maintains. No mention of personal responsibility for one’s own actions or any need for integrity. I’m hoping that everyone who is contributing comments will also contact your elected officials and tell them that you have had enough.
    PS The woman who was pistol-whipped is 53 y/o. She is middle-aged. Pistol-whip us, but please don’t call us “old.”

  73. Geezer says:

    Yeah well the VICTIM would have eventually killed someone sooner than later at the rate he was going!!!!!!!! You knew this was coming from the family right when you first read this story.

  74. Rockfish says:

    She should have been more concerned about what her son was doing and who he was hanging with and maybe this would not have had to happen. I think she is afraid to blame herself for raising such a bad person. Hope the other siblings have more character than this coward did.

    1. Earnan says:

      Nope, the rest of the family are ghetto-thug trash. Little sister is in jail for committing robberies, rest of ’em are making threats of revenge on their Facebook page.

      We can only hope they’ll be joining Darren real soon.

  75. Rockfish says:

    Your an idiot.

    1. DanInMaplehood says:

      Momma needs to look in the mirror. Don’t want your kids to die a thugs death, don’t raise a thug.

  76. hunnybear18 says:

    Apparently now that WCCO has painted the family and him as victims, they are just going to let the fact that his sister was arrested for being with him during the robbery slide right by.

  77. sw says:

    I bet a million bucks that Mother knew what was going on – she probably was profiting from it! Glad the robber was killed and the sister arrested – maybe that will teach the rest of them a lesson!

  78. SnoopDawg says:

    Did thay pick up my man’s momma for using the stolen robbery checks at the local Targee yet? Thay need to cut da sista sum slack fore dat beeinz, she already gotz her babygurl Olivia in stir and her boi boi Darren on a slab, dayum!

  79. SteveR says:

    The story is over. No charges filed against the Good Guy. Facts show the Mother of the robber used checks from at least one victim at Target, The sister was with her brother that died during the robbery where he was shot and for several other robbery/attacks. Also another person was with them…. I think it will soon come out that MOM was helping also. As a CCW instructor, I watched this close to see how it would play out. I can’t advocate chasing after a robber as too many things can happen. But dang! What sort of sick family is this!?!?!?!?!?

    Then to see the video on Channel 5 from “MAD DADS” of the robber (guy that pistol whips women) saying the robber had turned his life around!?!?!?!?!? Makes me what to puke! LIKE that org is doing any good for the MN residents. If they are non profit (C-3)…we need to pull that from them.

    A permit to carry is not for everyone, but I would like more people to think about it. Not to chase down crime, but to be ready to defend yourself when it happens. In this economy am afraid that that will be sooner than later for more of us.

    It’s a sad day for America what is happening. I’m just very pleased that a citizen stepped up and did what was right, at the risk of his own life. Not something every one can do! The few that think they can…need to study the law.. this could have gone very bad for the Good Samaritan if he was not very well trained! Being under the pressure of seeing gun in his face, he did what was legal and necessary.

    If the mother files a civil suit against the the Good Samaritan, the we need to step up and help the Good Samaritan with court costs!!!!

  80. joe Hadenuff says:

    Junior was an animal who preyed on women. He got just what he deserved.

    And if he’s a “victim” he’s a victim OF THE MOTHER and all the race-hustlers she’s listened to. Raise your child to be gangster, PAY FOR THE FUNERAL.

    And btw, lady, LEAVE TOWN.

  81. Earnan says:

    “Victim” Darren was a convicted violent felon who had a long history of beating and robbing innocent people.

    “Victim” Darren picked on the wrong victim this time.

    The world is a better place with Darren dead and buried.

    It’ll be an even better place when his little sister is convicted for the armed robberies she committed and she is sentenced to a very long prison term.

    And it will be an even better place yet when mom takes her ghetto criminal self back to Gary, Indiana, instead of breeding more welfare parasites for Minnesota taxpayers to support until they earn themselves a prison sentence or a righteous bullet.