Arrest made in murder of pizza delivery driver

Daniel Jaffke

Indianapolis Metro Police say they've arrested a person in connection with the murder of pizza delivery driver Daniel Jaffke.

Police arrested Shawn Wilson, 27, of Indianapolis, in the January 31 murder.

Jaffke's sister says she is relieved an arrest has been made.

"I am angry and I am frustrated, but I am thankful," said Julie Ritter. "You stole Daniel from us. Why? I don't think there are any answers to why, other than selfish and thoughtless and respect for human life."

IMPD says detectives tracked Wilson to a home in the 3200 block of Byrkit Street where he initially refused to surrender. He eventually gave up without further incident. 

At noon on Thursday, the home was an active crime scene. Crime lab workers discovered a small amount of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a weapon.

Chief Rick Hite said the arrest came about as a result of coordination between the IMPD Investigations Division, Operations Division, the Covert Operations Branch, and the community. Hite thanked those in the community who spoke up and offered information to the police that led to Wilson's arrest.

Wilson has been charged with Murder, Robbery, and Carrying a Handgun without a License.  He will be taken to police headquarters for questioning and then to the APC for processing. 

Jaffke had just made a delivery on the south side of Indianapolis nearly two weeks ago when he was shot while someone stole his vehicle, a black Jeep Cherokee. The Jeep was recovered the next morning in the 1600 block of South East Street.

Jaffke, a 30-year-old local musician, died later that evening at Eskenazi Hospital.

His family put out a plea to find his killer last week.

"It feels that I wasn't there when he was dying. I wasn't there to hold his hand," said Donna Jaffke, Daniel's mother.

"This is just cold-blooded murder. That's all it is. I am not going to mince words with it, it's just cold-blooded," said the victim's father, Tom Jaffke.

But even with the arrest, Thursday was another painful day for Jaffke's family.

"This has been devastating, especially devastating on all of us, but particularly my stepmom and our dad. It's been heartbreaking and I don't know that there is anything that takes that pain away, even justice," Ritter said.