UPDATE: IMPD has identified the man arrested as 33-year-old Justin Turner. Police said Turner is currently charged with murder, robbery and possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon. His picture is below.
INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis police on Wednesday announced the arrest of a man accused of the shooting and death of a pizza delivery driver.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said detectives made an arrest Tuesday in the homicide of 57-year-old Steve Flynn.
IMPD said it is withholding the 33-year-old suspect’s identity at this time “for investigative reasons” but expect to release further details in the coming days. The suspect is facing preliminary charges of murder, robbery and illegal possession of a firearm.
Flynn was shot at about 11 p.m. on March 30 in the 1400 block of North Priscilla Avenue — near 16th and Arlington on the city’s east side. Flynn was in critical condition when medics took him to the hospital, where he died.
The victim’s family believes he was lured to a vacant home to deliver a pizza and ambushed on the sidewalk.
“He was just working his job to earn a little extra money for his family, and delivered pizza to an address, and it was just the wrong place at the wrong time. He was killed for no reason,” said the victim’s family attorney Kirk Leblanc.
Leblanc represents the Flynn family, a large and loving group devastated by Stephen’s death.
That family was asked not to release many details on the case, but thanked Papa John’s and the community for helping IMPD make an arrest.
Knowing that the man allegedly responsible for that killing is behind bars does give that family some comfort.
“They were very relieved. They’re thankful IMPD was able to make an arrest in this case,” said Leblanc.
After the shooting, the suspect stole the victim’s pizza and his car, said police.
“We’re thankful this individual is off the street, and it’s a step in the right direction to provide the victim and family justice,” said IMPD Lt. Shane Foley.
Foley added: “There’s still some steps that need to take place before the name and mugshot can be released, and the reason that’s important is we want to make sure we provide justice to this family.”
“Again, the family is relieved. I know they haven’t had a good night sleep since this happened. Last night, after they received the news, they were able to get some rest knowing the person responsible for this senseless act is behind bars,” said Leblanc.
The suspect is being held without bond pending the filing of formal charges.
Anyone with information about this incident should call Detective Gregory Shue at the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or email him at Gregory.Shue@indy.gov. The public can also submit anonymous tips through Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.
Jesse Wells contributed to this story.