Ohio homicide suspect turns himself in, is arrested in Indy

Deloney was in town visiting family

INDIANAPOLIS - The man wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of an Ohio pizzeria owner was arrested Wednesday in Indianapolis.

Police with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said John Deloney, 27, turned himself in around 8:30 p.m. 

Deloney will be processed and arrangements will be made to send him back to Cincinnati, IMPD said.

Deloney, an Indianapolis native, was in town visiting his twin brother, according to investigators.

Detectives say the suspect shot Cosmic Pizza owner Richard Evans Saturday evening during an attempted robbery at the pizzeria.

Police said surveillance video and eyewitnesses helped them identify Deloney as the man who shot Evans.

“Luckily we were able to come and examine the video,” assistant chief Dave Bailey said.

Evans’ wife and three children were inside the restaurant with customers when Evans was gunned down.

Elizabeth Russell, who lives three doors away from the eatery, said she saw Evans lying outside after he stumbled out of the restaurant.

“I opened my door and seen him laying there and it made me sick,” Russell said.

Gwendolyn Ellis said she moved to Hartwell because it’s quiet and safe. She can’t believe somebody walked into the neighborhood pizza shop and killed the owner.

“I know it’s hard. There ain’t no jobs out here. Money is tight. The economy is bad. But it don’t mean you take it from somebody else,” Ellis said. “You got to figure out how to make ends meet without hurting anybody else.”

A fund for Evans’ widow and three children has been set up via the website gofundme.com . More than $20,000 has already been raised.

Additionally, website administrator Dawn Murray reports that a cemetery plot was donated, but funds were still being sought for burial services. Donations can be made at the Evans family fund at http://www.gofundme.com/3ac52k .

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