Authorities are offering a $ 10,000 reward as they continue to search for the person who shot actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd in Atlanta.
Best known for his roles in the Spike Lee films, Byrd was found dead around 1:45 a.m. Saturday morning on the southwest side of town. He had received several bullets in the back.
The award was announced on Tuesday. Police have not identified a suspect in the 70-year-old actor’s gunshot death or explained why it may have happened.
Byrd was found gunned down near his home and died before he could be taken to hospital. Robert Calloway told WSB-TV he found Byrd in a yard and rushed to a fire station for help. Calloway did not know Byrd.
“I thought he had a health problem. He was in the yard, ”Callaway said.
Byrd has starred in films such as “Clockers”, “Chi-Raq”, “Bamboozled”, “He Got Game” and “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus”. Also a stage actor, Byrd was nominated in 2003 for a Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway revival of “My Rainey’s Black Bottom”, starring Whoopi Goldberg and Charles S. Dutton.
Police are asking anyone with information to call them or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477, or submit information online at www.StopCrimeATL.com.