Man kills Mississippi Waffle House employee over smoking policy
A Mississippi Waffle House customer shot and killed an employee early Friday after she has him not to smoke, police said.
Biloxi police Sgt. Donnie Dobbs said a call was received about the shooting at 1:11 a.m. The customer, Johnny Max Mount, had argued with an employee after being told that he couldn’t smoke, Dobbs said.
"He pulled out a handgun and shot her in the head," Dobbs said.
The woman died on the way to the hospital, he said.
The suspect was outside the restaurant when police arrived and surrendered without incident.
Mount was charged with first-degree murder and is being held on $2 million bond at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center, police said.
The victim's name has not been released as authorities try to locate her next of kin. The Sun Herald newspaper reported that Mount was 45 and lived in Biloxi, Miss.
The Waffle House restaurant in Biloxi has a nonsmoking policy, said Kelly Thrasher-Bruner, a spokeswoman for Waffle House, Inc.
"This senseless tragedy is a shock for the Waffle House family. Our associate was a friend to many as well as a valued member of the Waffle House team for eight years as a salesperson. She will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with her family, friends, co-workers and customers," Thrasher-Bruner said.