In October, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office went to a home after receiving a call about gunshots.
On Oct. 6, patrol officers responded to the 5000 block of Cleveland Road in NW Jacksonville in reference a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers spoke with 24-year-old Dontonieo Sapp-Denson who verified the shooting had occurred inside the residence. Sapp-Denson further advised that the victim, Tynikkia Tanner, had committed suicide by shooting herself in the head.
According to the police report, Sapp-Denson, 24, answered the door. Dontonieo allegedly told deputies that the shooting occurred inside the residence and that the victim had taken her own life by shooting herself in the head.
The victim, 22yo Tynikkia Tanner, was laying dead on the floor, with a single gunshot wound to the head.
The Homicide Unit was contacted and began their investigation into the incident. According to JSO, it became apparent during the processing of the scene that Ms. Tanner’s death appeared to be a homicide, rather than a suicide.
Police on the scene initially took Dontonieo's word for it, but they called in the homicide unit to investigate further.
Over the next 3 months, homicide conducted a full investigation. Detectives now say that the evidence gathered during investigation leads them to conclude that Tynikkia was murdered by Dontonieo her boyfriend and the father of her child.
This week Dontonieo was arrested and charged second-degree murder and evidence tampering.