Two suspects are in custody in connection with the shooting death of a man who used racial slurs against them during a confrontation at a Middle Georgia Waffle House, officials said.
Robert Lewis Henderson Jr. and Antonio DeMarty Evans turned themselves in to the Butts County Sheriff’s Office about 9 a.m. Wednesday, the GBI said in a news release.
GBI agents obtained warrants Tuesday accusing the men in the death of Nicholas Phinazee Bryan, who was shot Friday at the restaurant in the 3200 block of Ga. 36 in Jackson, AJC.com previously reported.
Police were called three times in reference to the incident at the restaurant, the GBI said. The first call was made over an angry customer, the second was over a fight and the last call reported shots had been fired.
Authorities said the shooting was initiated when Bryan, 27, of Milner, used racial slurs in a confrontation with Henderson and Evans.
Bryan was asked to leave the Waffle House by staff, but instead a physical altercation ensued between Bryan and Evans, according to the GBI. Henderson allegedly shot Bryan.
The GBI was called by the sheriff’s office just after midnight to investigate the incident.
Bryan was taken to Monroe County Hospital, where he died about 3 a.m., the GBI said.
Henderson is charged with one count of murder and one count of aggravated assault, the GBI said. Evans is charged with tampering with evidence.
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