Thomas Jefferson Byrd’s Murder Suspect Arrested

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Police arrested a person on Friday morning who’s accused of murdering Thomas Jefferson Byrd, the character actor who appeared in a number of Spike Lee movies.Antonio Demetrice Rhynes, 30, was arrested by a fugitive unit and SWAT workforce officers, in line with the Atlanta Police Department.Rhynes is accused of taking pictures Byrd early on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 3. Officers have been referred to as to the home at 2257 Belvedere Ave. at 1:45 a.m. They discovered Byrd useless with a number of gunshots within the again, in line with a police assertion.According to police, murder detectives adopted up on proof and suggestions from residents to establish Rhynes as a suspect. They obtained a warrant for his arrest on suspicion of homicide on Wednesday.Rhynes was arrested early on Friday morning on the Royal Oaks Apartments, at 3540 North Camp Creek Parkway. He will likely be taken to the Fulton County Jail.“The Atlanta Police Department is proud of the diligent efforts of the Homicide Unit to identify a suspect in this crime and the skilled and professional work done by the Fugitive Unit and SWAT Unit to take Mr. Rhynes into custody without incident,” the division mentioned in a press release.Byrd, 70, had roles in “Clockers,” “Get on the Bus,” “Bamboozled,” “Chi-Raq,” and several other different Lee movies. He additionally acquired a Tony Award nomination for his position in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” on Broadway in 2003, and appeared in lots of different Off Broadway productions, typically in different August Wilson performs.Lee has posted a number of tributes to Byrd on his Instagram account.“May we all wish condolences and blessings to his family,” Lee wrote. “Rest in peace, Brother Byrd.”More from VarietyBetter of VarietyJoin Variety’s Newsletter. For the newest information, comply with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.