Pizza driver fatally shot after making delivery
A pizza delivery driver was fatally shot on the south side of Indianapolis Friday. He was identified Saturday by police as 30-year-old Daniel Jaffke of Indianapolis.
Police say Jaffke made a delivery to an address on Continental Court shortly before 7 p.m. When he returned to his vehicle, at least one person stole his vehicle, a black Jeep Cherokee.
Jaffke's 1995 black Jeep Cherokee was recovered Saturday morning in the 1600 block of South East Street.
The delivery driver was shot during the incident. He later died at Eskenazi Hospital.
The customers who ordered the pizza at the Capital Place Apartments called 911, police say.
"They came out to throw trash away and noticed the man laying on the ground, "said IMPD Ofc. Christopher Bailey.
Neighbor Jessie Boyce heard the sirens, saw the flashing police lights and learned a pizza delivery driver had been shot and killed.
"My son-in-law works at Papa John's, so I called to check on him and he was okay, but he did not know the gentleman passed away," said Boyce.
Boyce said the man who was killed worked with her son-in-law.
"All the workers are close," she said. "It's a shame."
For Boyce, the murder in her own neighborhood hit too close to home, not just because it was down the street. Boyce said her daughter also works for a pizza place.
"I would carry something, because you're defenseless. You're absolutely defenseless. You're trying to feed people and deliver a pizza. You expect to go home to your families after you get off work," said Boyce. "I believe you should be able to carry when you're put in a war zone."
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS. Police say you can remain anonymous.