Duval County

Woman, man she’s accused of killing in Jacksonville Beach, were acquaintances, police say

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — The Jacksonville Beach Police Department has officially identified the victim killed in a shooting Sunday night.

Matthew Swiger, 25, was an acquaintance of 28-year-old Akiyah D. Price, the woman accused in Swiger’s murder, JBPD said. A GoFundMe has been set up for Swiger’s funeral expenses. Click here to learn more.


The shooting happened in the 100 block of 4th Avenue North near Oku restaurant, police said.

When police responded around 9:10 p.m., they found a man lying on the sidewalk bleeding from his head. Swiger was later pronounced dead at the scene.

A witness told police that Price and Swiger got into a physical altercation and shortly after that, the witness heard several gunshots.

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The report also said police found six bullet shell casings at the scene.

Price was later taken into custody at her home early Monday morning, where officers found a single shell casing outside of her front door.

Price later appeared in court on Monday afternoon, where the judge denied her bond.

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The arrest report stated Price worked at V’s Pizza, just steps away from where the shooting happened. Action News Jax’s Nick Gibson reached out to V’s Pizza and they declined to comment on the incident.

Court documents show Price pleaded guilty in June after she was charged with misdemeanor battery and later sentenced to six months probation.

Gibson went to Price’s listed address and asked for comment from someone who lived at the home and they declined to comment.

Photos: 25-year-old Matthew Swiger, man killed in shooting in Jacksonville Beach

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