By Reg Chapman

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.

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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.

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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 .

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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