One killed in Christmas morning Waffle House shooting

A Ruston man has died after being shot during a disturbance at a local restaurant.

According to Ruston Police, Germil Deantonious Rhone, 30, of Ruston, was shot during an altercation at the Waffle House on the Farmerville Highway (La. 33) about 3:00 a.m. Christmas morning.

Before officers could reach the restaurant, the parties involved left the scene. Shortly after calls about the shooting, a rollover crash was reported on E. Georgia Avenue (U.S. 80) near the U.S. Post Office not far from the restaurant.

Rhone was driving the crashed vehicle. He was transported to the Northern Louisiana Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. A passenger was not injured.

Police say they have identified a suspect, but no arrest has been announced. The shooting inside the restaurant did not injure any employees or other customers.

The Waffle House is one of the few local restaurants open after midnight. Ruston Police have responded to other disturbances at the location during early morning hours in recent months.

In social media posts, family members said Rhone leaves behind several young children.

The investigation is continuing, and an update will follow as more information becomes available.

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. 

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