Ruston man killed in shooting

Ruston Police responded to Edgewood Square Apartments on McDonald Avenue last Monday afternoon to find a man suffering from gunshot wounds in the parking lot.

Willie Winzer, 19, of Ruston, is believed to have been killed during a confrontation with an unknown suspect.

Winzer was pronounced dead at the Northern Louisiana Medical Center.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying and apprehending Winzer’s killer.

Winzer recently served a sentence for negligent homicide for the death of his girlfriend, Krystavia Buggs, 18, of Ruston. Buggs died from a gunshot wound to the head in an incident at Peachland Mobile Home Park. 

The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to the shooting at the U.S. 80 mobile home park on the evening of March 12, 2021. Once on the scene, deputies found Buggs with a gunshot wound and unresponsive.  

Winzer life included other tragedies involving gunfire. After Buggs’s death, her mother said Winzer had lost his father to a shooting and had accidentally shot himself in the head, losing an eye.

Anyone with information on Winzer’s death are asked to call the Ruston Police Department at 318-255-4141 or Crime Stoppers at 318-255-1111. Tips may also be submitted online at, or by texting “TIP515” to Crimes (274637) to send a text message. Callers can remain anonymous. Cash rewards are offered for information leading to an arrest or grand jury indictment.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.