Arrest made in killing of 16-year-old girl, Jacksonville police say

JACKSONVILLE, Fla — The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the killing of a 16-year-old girl.

On Friday, February 23, 2024, just before 11:30 a.m., the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting in the 1500 block of West 2nd Street.


As police officers and members of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department arrived on scene, the 16-year-old victim, Layla Johnson was located inside a residence suffering from a single gunshot wound.

Subsequently, the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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JSO’s Homicide Unit along with the Crime Scene Unit were notified and responded to conduct their respective independent investigations. Based on a review of the evidence on scene, and interviews conducted by Homicide Detectives, a suspect was quickly identified.

As a result, 27-year-old Damon Otto Wilson was detained, interviewed, and ultimately arrested for manslaughter in connection with the shooting death of the victim.

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