Arrest made in murder of musician, pizza delivery driver

Shawn Wilson (Provided Photo/IMPD)
Shawn Wilson (Provided Photo/IMPD)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officials said an arrest has been made in the murder of Daniel Jaffke.

30-year-old Jaffke was shot to death while delivering pizza in a south side neighborhood on Jan. 31. He was also a local musician.

According to IMPD, on Thursday detectives arrested 27-year-old Shawn Wilson for his involvement in Jaffke’s murder. Wilson was tracked to a home in the 3200 block of Byrkit Street, where he initially refused to surrender. After a short time he surrendered to authorities.

Wilson has been preliminarily charged with murder, robbery and carrying a handgun without a license. He will be taken to police headquarters for questioning and then to the Arrestee Processing Center.

24-Hour New 8 spoke with Jaffke’s sister after she learned of Wilson’s arrest.

“We have mixed emotions,” she said.

Jaffke’s murder marks the second time this year a pizza delivery driver was killed. In January, police say John Sullivan was killed by two men as he tried to deliver a pizza.

IMPD and the FBI have set up undercover stings targeting those who prey on the delivery drivers. In November, police arrested a 17-year-old boy for trying to rob a undercover officer who the teen thought was a delivery driver.

“You shouldn’t have to use violence for a $15 pizza,” said Police Chief Rick Hite.

Wilson is currently charged with murder, robbery, and for carrying a gun without a license.

In a five minute interview, Ritter made a plea for the public to lookout for delivery drivers.

“If you have something delivered to your house watch out for that person making the deliver,” said Ritter. “It could be a situation between life and death.”

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