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Arrests made in shooting at Georgia Waffle House

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JACKSON — Two arrests have been made in connection with the shooting of Nicholas Bryan at a Waffle House in Butts County.

Robert Lewis Henderson, Jr. and Antonio DeMarty Evans turned themselves in to the Butts County Sheriff’s Office Nov. 6 for charges stemming from Bryan’s Death.

Henderson is charged with one count of Murder and one count of Aggravated Assault. Evans is charged with Tampering with Evidence. Their arrests come after the Nov. 1, 2019 death investigation that occurred at the Waffle House in Jackson.

It all began at about 10:57 p.m. The Butts County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received three different 911 calls regarding disturbances at the Waffle House.

The first call was regarding an irate customer, the second call was regarding a fight, and the third call was regarding shots fired, all of which were within several minutes.

Butts County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the Waffle House. Upon the deputies’ arrival, they discovered 27-year-old Nicholas Phinazee Bryan who suffered a gunshot wound.

According to the GBI, the preliminary investigation revealed that Henderson and Evans, both of Flovilla, were at the Waffle House and had a confrontation with Bryan.

“Bryan was using racial slurs towards Henderson and Evans and was asked to leave the premises by Waffle House staff,” said GBI spokeswoman Natalie Ammons.

Evans and Bryan began having a physical altercation and GBI officials say Henderson fired one round at Bryan, striking him.

Bryan was transported to Monroe County Hospital in Forsyth where he later died at about 3 a.m.

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Thom Chandler is the editor of The Georgia Sun and has been writing, editing and managing websites and blogs since 1995. He is a lifelong Georgian and one of those increasingly rare Atlanta natives.
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