Sunday, August 6, 2017

Quick Arrest in Gilpin Court Homicide

August 6, 2017

Richmond Police Department detectives have made a quick arrest following a homicide that occurred overnight in Gilpin Court.

At approximately 9:20 p.m., Saturday, August 5, RPD officers were called to the 1000 block of St. Paul Street for a report of a person who’d been shot. When they arrived they located the victim, Nyjai Johnson, 18, of the 500 block of Bancroft Avenue, outside lying on the ground. He had been shot multiple times.

Johnson was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the exact cause and manner of death.

“With valuable information given to us by members of the community, we were able to quickly identify the gunman,” said Major Crimes Lieutenant Donald Davenport. “Those tips made all the difference.”

Three hours after the shooting, the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force located the arrested the suspect; Garland Davis, 24, of the 1000 block of St. Paul St.

After consulting with Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office, RPD detectives have charged Davis with a single count: Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Additional charges are pending. His booking photo is attached.

Anyone with additional information about this homicide is asked to call Major Crimes Detective David Cuffley at (804) 912-6487 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at

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Garland Davis