When an “irate” Georgia man reportedly used a racial slur during an alleged fight with two Black men at a Waffle House, he ended up shot and killed and the other men charged in his death.
Robert Lewis Henderson Jr. and Antonio DeMarty Evans turned themselves in to the Butts County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday at about 9 a.m., according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Henderson was charged with murder and aggravated assault in the death of Nicholas Bryan, and Evans was charged with tampering with evidence, the GBI said in its news release.
The incident that led to the arrests unfolded late on Halloween at the Waffle House on Ga. 36 in Butts County, which is about 50 miles southeast of Atlanta.
Bryan, 27, was directing racial slurs at Henderson Jr., 36, and Evans, 39, when Waffle House staff members asked him to leave, according to another GBI news release.
Instead of leaving, Bryan got into “a physical altercation” with Evans, and Henderson fired one round at Bryan, hitting him, the GBI said.
The incident led to three separate calls within minutes of each other just before 11 p.m. about “disturbances” at the restaurant, according to the GBI.
The first call was about an “irate customer,” the second about a fight and the third about shots fired, the GBI said.
When deputies arrived at the restaurant, they found Bryan with a gunshot wound, authorities said.
Bryan was taken to the Monroe County Hospital about 15 miles away in Forsyth, and he died at about 3 a.m. Friday, the GBI said.
The agency was called to investigate the shooting at about 12:35 a.m. Nov. 1.