Arrest made Wednesday in Packard Street fatal shooting

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Baton Rouge police Detective Joseph Dargin, left, and Detective Christopher Rudy, right, escort Areluas Myers, 22, as they leave the East Baton Rouge Violent Crime Unit at Louisiana State Police headquarters Wednesday. At far right in the background is police Cpl. Tommy Stubbs. Myers is accused in the April 20 shooting death of Daniel Shaffer. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Baton Rouge police Detective Joseph Dargin, left, and Detective Christopher Rudy, right, escort Areluas Myers, 22, as they leave the East Baton Rouge Violent Crime Unit at Louisiana State Police headquarters Wednesday. At far right in the background is police Cpl. Tommy Stubbs. Myers is accused in the April 20 shooting death of Daniel Shaffer.

Baton Rouge police have arrested two suspects in the April shooting death of a 40-year-old man on Packard Street.

Areluas Myers, 22, 5443 Peerless St., Baton Rouge, was booked Wednesday into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon.

Myers is accused of shooting Daniel Shaffer, 10828 N. Old Settlement, Zachary, while Shaffer was sitting inside his vehicle April 20 on Packard Street, Baton Rouge police Cpl. Tommy Stubbs said.

Myers also allegedly shot a 32-year-old woman, who survived, Stubbs said.

Michael Fields, 25, 5099 Packard St., Baton Rouge, was booked Tuesday into Parish Prison on principal to first-degree murder and principal to attempted first-degree murder, booking records show.

Fields was with Myers at the time of the shooting, according to warrants for Fields and Myers’ arrests.

Police believe Myers shot Shaffer and the 32-year-old woman during a drug deal that began inside Shaffer’s car, Stubbs said.

Myers and Fields were in the car with Shaffer and the woman arranging the transaction but then exited the car and began arguing with Shaffer, the warrants say.

Myers pulled out a gun and fired at Shaffer and Myers and Fields then ran away, the warrants say.

Shaffer drove about two blocks before stopping and calling police, who found Shaffer in the 5200 block of Packard at 10:47 p.m., police have said.

Police developed Myers and Fields as suspects in the shootings after receiving a Crime Stoppers tip about their alleged involvement, the arrest warrants say.

Myers surrendered to authorities Wednesday, Stubbs said.

Police are not sure if Shaffer and Myers knew each other, Stubbs said.

Robin Rimes, an ex-sister-in-law of Shaffer’s, expressed gratitude and relief Wednesday when notified about the arrests.

“I thought that it would be ... just another shooting in Baton Rouge that wasn’t solved,” she said.

Rimes said Shaffer had been dealing with drug addiction for years. She said she saw Shaffer about 6 months ago at a gas station, “and he was wired out.”

But even if the shooting was drug related, “and Daniel was out there doing bad things, it’s still not right to shoot someone,” Rimes said.