Police released the 911 call that led to Travis Reinking’s arrest 34 hours after authorities say he killed four people in a shooting at an Antioch Waffle House.

Travis Reinking, the suspect in the April 22 shooting that killed four people at an Antioch Waffle House, will get a mental health assessment before his case moves forward.

General Sessions Judge Michael Mondelli approved public defender Jon Wing’s request for an outpatient “forensic” exam Monday during the first major court date in the case. The spokesman for the district attorney’s office confirmed that would include a mental health evaluation.

Reinking, 29, did not appear in court.

Top prosecutors from the district attorney’s office were on hand for the court date, including Roger Moore and Jan Norman. Norman did not object to Wing’s request for an assessment.

Both sides will meet again in court in June to discuss next steps.

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Waffle House shooting investigation continues

Police quickly identified Reinking as a suspect in the early-morning shooting at the Waffle House on Murfreesboro Pike. He parked his pickup truck outside the restaurant around 3:19 a.m. and waited a few minutes before getting out and opening fire using an AR-15-style rifle, according to police.


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Police said Reinking fired 30 rounds before Waffle House customer James Shaw Jr. intervened and wrested the gun away from him. After Shaw threw the gun behind the counter, Reinking fled the scene on foot completely naked, dropping a green bomber jacket with more ammunition in the pockets.

Reinking is charged with criminal homicide in the deaths of Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29; Joe R. Perez, 20; DeEbony Groves, 21; and Akilah Dasilva, 23. He also faces four counts of attempted homicide and one count of using a firearm while committing a dangerous felony.

Shaw has been lauded as a life-saving hero in the aftermath of the shooting — police said many more could have been killed or hurt if he hadn’t intervened. He has been heralded by celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres and Dwyane Wade, and an invitation to the White House is in the works. 

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Meanwhile, police have continued in their efforts to learn more about the suspect. Investigators seized several electronics from Reinking’s apartment, including a GoPro camera and laptops.

Police spokesman Don Aaron said the department had successfully extracted video footage as part of their investigation, which is ongoing.

Reach Adam Tamburin at 615-726-5986 and Follow him on Twitter @tamburintweets.


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